I’ve read 26 books so far this year… a fact I know because I’ve been listing them in my beloved organizer. I’ve given myself permission to consider listening to a book on equal plane as reading one, so if that offends your sensibilities, I suggest you bail off this post now.
I never used to be able to listen to a book, my squirrel! quotient being high, but I found a secret – it’s OverDrive. Hubby mentioned it to me once and I didn’t bite – thinking it was a paid service and preferring to browse at the library, because like any serious reader, the cover art has to intrigue me – but OverDrive has it all. You sign up with your library card. You check books out, and get the motivation to read them as they expire like real books do. Ebooks and audio books aplenty, you can reserve and request books and the best part – no fines for overdue returns and they keep a list of your reading history!
The books I’ve read so far this year are as varied as they come – and for my future reference I’ve listed them below as not all were in OverDrive. Note I have given myself permission to periodically enjoy the literary equivalent of dill pickle Doritos (vacuous yet fun to tear into) and finished a couple YA series kid2 and I had started. I’m loving the time lost in characters, and the brain break of wondering what’s going to happen next in something made up, versus my swirl of domestic blurbliss. Reading is the original brain bleach, and variety is everything.
Read anything awesome lately? Hit me with your suggestions, I love having a huge list of characters and worlds to explore! Now that I’m this far into the year and this long into a list of books I’m going to go ahead and call my shot and say I want to have read 52 books by the end of the year. Onwards into the pages of something new!
Book List YTD
- Essentialism, Greg McKeown – pragmatic validation to focus on what matters
- ShadowHunters Bk 4, Cassandra Clare – angsty teens in supernatural escapades
- UnCommon Type, Tom Hanks – short stories, pleasant and matter of fact
- Origin, Dan Brown – loved it, influenced The Last Jedi and Marvel writers, am sure
- Artemis, Andy Weir – he can write no wrong in my book. Will be a movie for sure
- ShadowHunters Bk 5 – Cassandra Clare – more of the teens. Danger! Magic! Love!
- Still Me, JoJo Moyes – didn’t rip my guts out as hard as others, good to see Lou again
- The Break, Marian Keyes – sadly the only one of her books I’ve not liked
- Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen – my boss gave me this to read, I loved it
- Queste – Angie Sage – a series that has Potter echoes. Fun escapism, YA
- Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery – like a hug for my spirit
- Anne of Avonlea, Lucy Maud Montgomery – like the hug includes kittens & flowers
- Planet of the Apes – The Forbidden Zone – stories from various authors. Excellent!
- Deer Life, Ron Sexsmith – a fairytale by a Canadian rocker. Fun tidbit of a book
- Immortal Reign, Morgan Rhodes – Canadian author, YA series that amused me
- Silver Bay, JoJo Moyes – I’m reading all her books. This one had dolphins.
- Anne of the Island, L. M. Montgomery – heart soothing spirit boosting
- Clade, James Bradley – bleak yet motivating to save our planet. Save the bees!
- Syren, Angie Sage – had to finish the series, found out this is not the last book
- The LightKeepers Daughters, Jean Pendziwol – haunting and gorgeous
- Uncopyable, Steven Miller – marketing book, reiterates and reinforces
- The Identicals, Elin Hilderbrand – the reason I obsess about seeing Nantucket
- Charlotte’s Webb, E. B. White – read it lately? It’s radiant.
- The Silent Sister, Diane Chamberlain – totally predicted it, but still a great story
- The Bookseller, Mark Pryor – Parisian Dick Tracey-type private eye
- ShadowHunters Bk 6, Cassandra Clare – teens in trouble, magic worlds in trouble