As June nears its end, I figured I’d give an update on my 2016 Reading Challenge, through Goodreads.com. I began the year, guns a blazing, when it comes to burning through the books. Within the first 36 days, I had already finished six books. And then in the same way I took a break from blogging, I did the same for the most part with my reading.
But towards the middle of May, I caught the reading bug, finishing three and a half books since. Two of those were some of the longest books I have ever readtoo, so there’s that :)
Books I’ve completed in 2016:
- To the Last Man by Zane Grey (216 pages)
- 10 lb. Penalty by Dick Francis (320 pages)
- The Five Keys to Mindful Communications by Susan Gillis Chapman (224 pages)
- Sackett’s Land by Louis L’Amour (208 pages)
- The Innocent by David Baldacci (422 pages)
- A Time for Truth by Ted Cruz (400 pages)
- Dry Bones by Craig Johnson (306 pages)
- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (337 pages)
- Cloudy in the West by Elmer Kelton (317 pages)
- The Good Old Boys by Elmer Kelton (320 pages)
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (335 pages)
- To the Hilt by Dick Francis (352 pages)
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (656 pages)
- Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (945 pages)
As previously mentioned in earlier posts, with me living back out on my family’s land and still working downtown, I get a good 90-120 minutes in the car everyday. Some mornings, I feel like jamming to some tunes, but most of the time, especially here of late, I have been using this time to listen to audio-books. I get teased all of the time that this shouldn’t count as reading, because technically I am listening to these books. But the spiteful side of my personality would love to ask them how many books they’ve read in the last year. In my humble opinion, any kind of reading is better than no reading. Whether it’s a paperback, hardback, e-book or audio-book, it’s still bound to be a heck of a lot better for your mind and soul compared to the radio that’s filled with mostly gossip and crummy music. Rant, over, oops.
Anyhow, I’ve been trying to continue my plan from last year of jumping between genres and not falling into the 35 western novel trend that I naturally would prefer. So far only five (six if you count the Longmire mystery) have been westerns. Under 50%, I’ll take that as a win!
Books I have in my queue:
- Comeback by Dick Francis (320 pages)
- O Pioneers! by Willa Cather (176 pages) Great Plains Trilogy
- Euphoria by Lily King (256 pages)
- Dead Man’s Walk by Larry McMurtry (464 pages)
By the end of June, I’d like to have two more books completed so that I can be back on track to finish my goal of 35 books read in 2016. I think I’ve got this!
What have you been reading? Comment below with any suggestions or revelations you may have!