Here is a little update on how my reading has been going so far for 2018:
10 months in and I am currently reading book 23. After having been in the reading slump for the past couple of years, this is a great achievement. My last book update was about 7 months ago in February. Then, I had just finished reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. That was 4 books into the year.
Here is the full list of completed books:
1. The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht (Jan ’18)
2. The Leopard by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa (Jan ’18)
3. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (feb ’18)
4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (feb ’18)
5. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino (march ’18)
6. Peony by Pearl S. Buck (april ’18)
7. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (may ’18)
8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling (may ’18)
9. The Giver by Lois Lowry (may ’18)
10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (june ’18)
11. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (june ’18)
12. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (june ’18)
13. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling (july ’18)
14. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (july ’18)
15. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling (aug ’18)
16. Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven (sept ’18)
17. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling (sept ’18)
19. Code of the Samurai Translated by Thomas Cleary (sept ’18)
20. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (oct ’18)
21. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (oct ’18)
22. A World in a City by Joseph Beager (oct ’18)
19 books later, I am currently reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling. This one has so far been the best in the series for me. Enjoying the pace and new romantic touches a ton. I really want to be finished with the Harry Potter series before December so that I can focus on Dickens and start The Hobbit (I always wanted to read his A Christmas Carol at Christmas time).
A book I recently read and felt was worth mentioning, especially during the Halloween season, is Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. It had an eerie mood throughout. I went into the book having no prior knowledge as to what it was about, which was great. I held myself back from looking up anything as I was reading. I still remember the feeling I had when I finished. I didn’t pick up another book for the rest of the evening. Instead, I just laid in bed thinking about the universe the characters live in, and how I would feel about the situation if I lived in that world. It was honestly a deflating ending, but it was appropriate. I don’t want to add too many details just in case you haven’t read it. But if you do decide to read it, just know that eerie mood will continue throughout.
It is a very good idea to keep an organized, single list of books that interest you. For me, I created a word document that states my completed books/which month they were finished in, books I already own and want to read, and books I don’t own and want to read (I explained this system more thoroughly in my first post in January). Having this structure keeps your mind free from the what-to-read-next stress and allows you to just flow into another book immediately after finishing one to avoid putting it off. Even if you don’t read that often, I greatly endorse this to everyone.
I hope these posts motive you guys to read more in some capacity, whether that is 20+ books a year, finally finishing that one book you have been working on for the past couple months, or to finally pick up a new book you have been meaning to read for a while now.