Out with the old, in with the new…Year that is!

So we arrived today in Florida, where we will be until sometime in April. We have our reservation until the end of the month, but not yet sure when we will head back home.

As today is December 31st, I logged into Goodreads and updated my reading goals for 2020, and once again I will try to read 50 books. For 2019 I did manage to read 26. Some of them were short stories, but none the less, I was very glad to hit a little over the halfway mark.

According to Statistics in Goodreads, I read 4,034 pages in 26 books. My shortest book was 17 pages, and my longest was 390, with an average length of 155 pages.

I brought a few books from my To Be Read pile with me in the camper, and I have my Kindle as well, so have plenty to read for a while, anyway.

I will plan to write more about the journey to Florida in the coming days. I hope anyway.

Happy New Year!

50 books in 2019, update

I haven’t come close to making my goal of reading 50 books this year. I hit a bit of a slump, as I think we all do. Right now, I can honestly say I have read 19, which is really not all that bad. I may have cheated just a little by counting a 32 page book, “Go the F to sleep

Here is my list of books so far:

  1. The Victim’s Club by Jeffrey Deaver (Kindle Single)
  2. A Mother’s Day (A short story) by Kaira Rouda
  3. Grateful American by Gary Sinise
  4. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
  5. My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrick Backman
  6. Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
  7. Grave Danger by Heather Graham
  8. The Parable of the Dumbass (a very short story) by Antonio Scotto di Carlo
  9. Parable by Jess Walter
  10. Finding Me by Michelle Knight
  11. Reunion by Heather Pittard
  12. Go the F to sleep by Adam Mansbach
  13. Before Her by Jacqueline Woodson
  14. No Rest for the Wicked by Adam Croft
  15. A Cry for Help by Adam Croft
  16. Mermaid by Jodi Picoult
  17. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  18. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  19. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

My goodreads account is linked on the right. You can follow me there and see what I am reading, and I will follow back. I get a lot of suggestions for books to read through what others are reading. My list of books to read is huge…I could never read them in my lifetime, however I would not even know of some of these books were it not for sites like goodreads.

Will I make this same goal in 2020? Probably. I have made this goal for over 10 years already, and only made it twice I think, but I like having a goal to aim for, especially when it comes to reading.

Have you read any good books lately?

Am I failing my reading goals for the year?

My annual goal of reading 50 books a year is looking like yet another miss…I just finished my 13th book.  I have a lot of reading to do to reach my goal by the end of the year, but I am going to keep plugging on.  Reaching the goal is a bonus to my enjoyment of reading.

I just finished “Come Rain or Come Shine” by Jan Karon, which is part of her Mitford Series.  I have read almost every book  in the 14 book series, (I just realized I missed one, called “In the Company of Others”) The series is based around Father Tim Kavanaugh  who is an Episcopalian Priest.  The books are filled with small town country living; great characters and great stories.  This particular story is based on the wedding of Father Tim’s adopted son Dooley.

I was introduced to this series by the Reference Librarian at a library I worked at for a short time.  Her excitement for the books was infectious, and I began to look forward to their release and arrival in the library as much as she was.  I am not sure I would have picked them up on my own, as at that point in my life, I was not reading as much, and was mostly reading strictly books from Danielle Steel or Harlequin Series books.  I am ever thankful for the opportunity to work in a library, and the exposure to new titles, new genres and new authors.  I now read a much wider variety of books than I did before.

I love getting book recommendations and would love to hear what you suggest I put on my reading list.