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?

Book 4 of 50

I am off to a slow start on my goal (again) of reading 50 books this year. I just finished #4.  But, the last book I finished in a few days versus a few weeks.

The time to read isn’t a problem, it’s the whole thing of actually sitting down to do it…taking even 20 minutes to devour a few pages, but instead I get distracted or think of something else to do and then the moment is gone.

I track my books at Goodreads.  I’ve got piles of books on my nightstand and on my kindle.  My Amazon wish list is large and I am constantly adding to it, everytime someone makes a book suggestion to me.  My reading interests are varied, and often depend on my mood, or what is going on in my life at the time.

When I go on vacation, I often take paperbacks, usually something like a romance or true crime, and once I finish it, I will leave it somewhere for someone else to enjoy.

I just started a book that came recommended to me on Goodreads called “My grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry” by Fredrik Backman.  I’m only a few pages into it at the moment.  

If you would like to see my reviews of other books I have read, feel free to visit my Goodreads profile.

Happy Reading!

Music is a universal language

Everyone joins a band in this life, and what you play always affects someone. Sometimes, it affects the world

That is one of the closing lines in The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom.

I loved the fact that the story was narrated by Music itself..and delves into the chapters of our lives as if they were stanzas in music…as well as tempos.

Music tells us throughout the story that he gives a part of himself to everyone of us when we were born. Some of us, like Frankie Presto, BB King, Elvis, etc, get more of him than others.

I loved this story. Even though Frankie Presto is a fictional character, his story is intermingled with the best in the music industry. From playing with Elvis, to auditioning for KISS and many more great stories, it is a great story and you learn just how you impact everyone you meet in life, in some way.

This is book 5 in my goal to read 50 books in 2017 through goodreads.