Click-bait? Yes, guilty as charged.
But now that you are here, by the end of the year, I won’t be a liar. At the beginning of 2015, I had set myself up with the lofty goal to read 30 books before the end of the year. What was a I thinking/smoking/drinking?
During the first few months I read quite a bit, but then somewhere between then and a little over a month ago I forgot all about reading and was too hooked on Spotify and podcasts to look back. After my adventure out west, I sort of did a reading update. But even then I didn’t think about the reading challenge. I can’t remember exactly what made me go to the Goodreads website, but while there, I happened to see my Reading Challenge in the sidebar. Ugh. A feeling of defeat and disappointment came over me. Of all the resolutions I made, surely this would be the one to succeed with.
As of mid-October, I was at 13 out of 30 books read. However, rather than give up due to being so far behind, I fired up my Audible app and got to it.
Since then, I have read/listened to six books. And I’m midway through another. For the most part, I have gone to my comfort zone, westerns, to knock out some quick books. But I have read a few not falling in that genre that have been fantastic.
To rank the last 6 books I have read:
- The Art Forger by Barbara A. Shapiro <<my review>>
- Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt <<my review>>
- The Rustlers of West Fork by Louis L’Amour <<my review>>
- Any Other Name by Craig Johnson <<my review>>
- Rain Girl by Gabi Kreslehner <<my review>>
- Mistakes Can Kill You by Louis L’Amour <<my review>>
19 of 30, that’s where I am at right now. I think I can, I think I can. No actually, I know I will. The boyfriend and I are headed on a road trip to the A&M game this weekend. That means a perfect amount of hours to get some serious reading/listening done. I’m just about finished with Matagorda by Louis L’Amour, so there is another one. And I have Barbara A Shapiro’s newest book, The Muralist, downloaded. Shoot, with 36 days left in 2015, I’ll have 30 books read without any problem. <—my glass half-full kind of thinking.
I have to admit after looking at the 2015 Challenge Stats, I don’t feel quite so bad. Out of 1,707,910 participants only 6,956 have completed their challenges so far. And out of 94,263,408 total books pledged to be read, only 25,758,859 have been read. It appears that I, along with the rest of the world, have some serious reading to do.
Do you have any book suggestions for me? This year I have read mysteries, classics, westerns, biographies, auto-biographies and fiction in general. Help me, I’m on a reading frenzy!
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