Reading Goal: Update 3

Books I’ve finished recently:

  • Juvenile Fiction: Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson – I’ve owned this book for years (decades?). I bought it because I found it used and it was a Newbery medal winner. So, I finally decided to read it. It was good but sad.
  • Informational: Accidental Systems Librarian, by Nicole Engard with Rachel Singer Gordon – I got this for free via the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. I was innocently reading along when I suddenly ran into a quote I had given when I took a library-related survey a while back. That was unexpected. Many librarians are quoted in this book but it was still fun to run across my name in a real book.
  • Juvenile Fiction: Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke – I started out listening to this. Objectively, I knew it was interesting but it wasn’t working for me as an audio book. Finally, I checked out a physical copy at the library and managed to finish it off. Good story but I’m relieved to finally be done with it.
  • Juvenile Fiction: Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos – Won the Newbery in 2012. Good book but everyone in it was crazy.

Books I gave up on:

  • Short Story Anthology: Fragile Things, by Neil Gaiman – I stopped listening to the audio and started reading a chapter a night. It still wasn’t working for me. So, I’m going to wait for my copy of Epic: Legends of Fantasy to come in. I’ve loved almost all of N.K. Jemisin’s novels and she has a short story in this anthology. (Which reminds me, I really, really, need to buy the two books in the Dreamblood series.)
  • Mystery: Buried in a Bog, by Sheila Connolly – Also gave up on this one. I suspect I’d like it better as an audio book but an audio version doesn’t appear to exist.

Currently reading:

  • Biography: Jobs, by Walter Isaacson – I’m not sure if I’m going to make it through this book or not. It’s obviously well-written but it’s huge and I’m not entirely sure if I care enough to make it to the end. We’ll see . . .
  • Memoir: The Journal of Best Practices, by David Finch – So far I’ve read the introduction and I think I might actually be able to make it through the whole book.
  • Christian Fiction: Veiled Rose, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl – I was looking for something to read on the weekend and downloaded this from the library. It’s Christian fantasy (allegory?). It’s ok so far. At the very least, I like it better than the last Christian fiction book I read. I believe it’s the second in the series but it sounds like the first book doesn’t have to be read in order to read the 2nd.

Current Goal Counts:

Category Goal Number Read
Best Sellers 2 1
Biography, Autobiography, Memoir 2 2 in progress
Fiction Books Jaeger Recommends 2 1
Christian Fiction 2 1, 1 in progress
Graphic Novels 2 0
Historical Fiction 2 0
Informational 2 1
Juvenile Books 12 4
Literature 2 1
Mystery 2 0
Poetry Anthologies 2 0
Realistic Fiction 2 0
Short Story Anthologies 2 0
Total 36 9

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