I finished my reading goal! It was a good experience. I feel broader now 🙂 My goal was also handy because it was a way to justify reading time instead of doing something “useful.”
It seems like I got through a lot of goal books in the first couple of months and then slowed down drastically. I was a little surprised by the areas I had trouble with, mainly best sellers and literature. I read a lot of classics when I was young so I didn’t think literature would be a problem. However, it seems like all literature these days is depressing and I strongly prefer uplifting books. I’m not sure why I had trouble with Best Sellers. I also had a bit of trouble with historical fiction. I guess I must not like history for histories sake even though I like it as a backdrop for mysteries and romances.
I was surprised how easy the memoir and informational categories were to fill. I’m not a big non-fiction reader so I figured these would be one of the hardest categories. However, I found a lot more interesting non-fiction than I expected. Though, I didn’t finish any autobiographies/biographies, just memoirs. For the informational books, I tried to stay away from parenting books, since those are the ones I read already, and I at least partially succeeded.
I liked the structure having a book goal gave me so I think I’ll do another one. This time I’ll probably focus on children’s books more. Maybe read all the Newberys I haven’t already or possibly a “great kids books” list. However, I’m going to give myself some time to relax and read whatever strikes my fancy first.
Books I’ve Finished Recently:
- Fiction Books Jaeger Recommends: Accelerando, by Charles Stross – This one took me a while to get into. I was having trouble caring about both Manfred and Pamela. It wasn’t until Amber came along that things seemed to get interesting.
- Historical Fiction: Buckingham Palace Gardens: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel, by Anne Perry – This is actually a historical mystery but I’m counting it as a historical fiction novel as I feel it was historical enough it can count. I enjoyed it quite a bit and think I might add this series to the few historical mysteries I read. I started listening to it but switched toward reading at the end. I think I like the series better as a read than a listen but maybe it just depends.
- Literature: Three Men in a Boat (to say nothing of the dog), by Jerome K. Jerome – This is probably more “classic” than “literature” but I’m going to count it toward my literature goal. I downloaded it from Project Gutenberg and read it in little bits on my phone when I was standing in line, etc. I’m not sure if this was a good way to read the book or not. It was a very random stream of consciousness-type novel. Two reasons I glad I read it: I finally understood the title choice of To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis. I was also greatly amused by several accounts of river rage that seem remarkably similar to today’s road rage.
- Juvenile Fiction: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling, by Maryrose Wood – Fun book. It felt a bit like The Willoughbys. Kind of old-fashioned-like but obviously modern. The one thing that was annoying is the ending stopped at a cliffhanger.
Summary of Books Read
Biography, Autobiography, Memoir
- Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language, by Deborah Fallows
- The Journal of Best Practices, by David Finch
Fiction Books Jaeger Recommends
- Unwritten Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross
- Saga: Volume 1, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
- Saga: Volume 2, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
- Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey: A Parody of Downton Abbey, by Camaren Subhiyah and illustrated by Kyle Hilton
- Heidegger’s Glasses, by Thaisa Frank
- Buckingham Palace Gardens: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel, by Anne Perry
- The Accidental Systems Librarian, by Nicole Engard with Rachel Singer Gordon
- Not My Kids, Sinnika Elliot
- Let Them Be Eaten by Bears, by Peter Brown Hoffmeister
- Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending, Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton
- Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen
- The Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
- Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke
- Dead End In Norvelt, by Jack Gantos
- A Confusion of Princes, by Gary Nix
- Crispin: the Cross of Lead, by Avi
- Vengekeep Prophecies, by Brian Farrey
- The School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani
- Fatapoufs and Thinifers, by Andre Maurois
- The Willoughby’s, by Lois Lowry
- Boom!, by Hark Haddon
- The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling, by Maryrose Wood
- Ekaterinoslav: One Family’s Passage to America: A Memoir in Verse, by Jane Yolen
- Love Poems, by Nikki Giovanni
- Wildflower Hill, by Kimberley Freeman (could probably also count as historical)
- The Heist: A Novel, by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
- The School of Essential Ingredients, by Erica Bauermeister
Short Story Anthologies
Current Goal Counts:
|Biography, Autobiography, Memoir||2||2|
|Fiction Books Jaeger Recommends||2||2|
|Short Story Anthologies||2||2|