A Blogger’s Year in Books (So Far)

August 16, 2015

If you recall, I set myself the challenge on Goodreads to read 50 books this year. Given it’s already over half-way through the year, I figured now would be a good time for an update on my progress and just to have a general chat about the whole dealio. So far, I’ve read 31 books. THIRTY ONE. That’s a whole lotta bookage right there. I haven’t read that many books since…I don’t even know when. Probably since primary school. And I’ve learnt a few things along the way:

  • My favourite genre to read is fiction.
  • I really struggle to maintain interest in non-fiction. It needs to be short and snappy for my goldfish brain to maintain interest. I blame reading non-fiction day in, day out at uni.
  • I’m slowly coming round to the idea that I don’t have to stick with a book if I am not enjoying it/if I feel it is a chore to read. So far that has happened with only two books – “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared” and “A Girl is a Half-formed Thing”. Boy, was I in Struggle Town with those two.
  • My favourite book to date has been The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan. I’m honest to god recommending it to everyone. You can check out my raving review here.
  • I’m doing most of my reading in bed, typically before I go to sleep, but sometimes in the early hours too. Being tucked up in a cosy bed with a good book is one of the most satisfying feelings in the world, I reckon.
  • My brain is enjoying reading. Whenever I have a spare block of time, my first thought is “Can I squeeze in some reading now??”. Before doctor’s appointments, when my (stupid, stupid) brain wakes me up at 5:20am, when I’m brushing my teeth. It’s becoming my default and that makes me happy.

I think I can actually achieve my goal, which is the best feeling ever, people! I’m already pretty proud of myself for reading so many and for staying on track. I was a little dubious when I started, to be honest. But, as I mentioned, it seems to be becoming a natural part of my day now. Stay tuned to see how I go!

A big thanks to Laura from The Lovely Jumble for providing me with the kick up the bum I needed to get this post published. High five, friend! Wanna read MORE? Check out the bloggers below who have also posted awesome updates on their reading so far this year:

Reading. Is. Freakin’. AWESOME. Are you reading any great books? I’m always open to recommendations. I’m sure I’m bound to pick up some great ones from everyone else’s posts!

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    1. Dude, I’m so impressed! So many books. And you read while brushing your teeth? I need to try that! I’m not reading anything at the moment and keep getting stuck on the internet…little did I know being engaged would be such a massive time suck heh. I need to get a shuffle on and finish my little goal. You can totally finish yours! I’ll be on the sideline with a big ‘J’ sign and pompoms cheering you on. Thanks for posting!

      1. Thanks! And yes! It’s a little tricky to do with a heavy paperback that doesn’t bend easily with one hand but I definitely try and use those 2-3 minutes wisely if I’m particularly loving a book.

        Haha yes, being engaged is a big distractor, I’d imagine. And I think that’s allowed!

        I’m definitely keen to reach my goal. And I think I can do it. Cheerleading Laura will most certainly help haha πŸ˜€ Thanks again for the post idea, lovely!

    1. I tried and failed with A Girl is a Half Formed Thing, I don’t think I made it past a couple of pages! I did like the 100 year old man though.
      I just read Isabel’s post and I already want to read The Opposite of Loneliness, now I am definitely going to get it from the library!

      1. Glad to hear I’m not the only one, Clare! I just found it SO difficult to get into. I might try again because a friend recommending it but…I’m not holding out much hope :/ I was surprised and disappointed that I didn’t enjoy The 100 Year Old Man. I just found the plot really frustrating, as well as the writing style!

        Yay for The Opposite of Loneliness! I hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping past.

    1. Reading is awesome! Now off to the bookshop to buy more books! I think we need to go back to reading books not iPhones on public transport. So retro of me. Great post xx

      1. Don’t worry, I’m right there with you, Lisa! Books not iPads! Though, to be honest, I’m just happy people are still reading – I don’t really mind what form they do it in. Personally, though, I’m all about the books. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for commenting! πŸ™‚

    1. I’m nearly finished Dark Roots, a collection of short stories by Cate Kennedy. I’m a recent convert to this form of literature. A short story is accessible and leaves me with a sense of achievement! I also really liked the varied voices Maxine Beneba Clarke created in Foreign Soil.

      1. I haven’t heard of either of those, Carolyn, so I might have to look into them – I do enjoy reading Australian authors. I like short stories too though haven’t actually read that many. I’ve only recently got into poetry a little bit and liked it. So different to what I’m used to reading so it made for a nice change. Thanks for your recommendations and for stopping past πŸ™‚

    1. i too am coming around to the fact I don’t have to finish every book I start. There are SO many books I want to read why bother if I’m not enjoying it?
      And I’m totally impressed with the amount you’ve read. Before kids I could do a book a week easily but I’m a bit slower these days.

      1. Precisely, Reannon! There’s still a part of me that says “But I *might* like it…maybe I need to give it another chance…” but, really, I ain’t got time for that shiz. I think I’ll need to be ruthless in the future.

        Thanks! I’m pretty impressed with myself too, actually. Reading with full-time uni is hard so I can imagine trying to fit it in with kids is extremely tricky! Thanks for stopping past πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Jacquie! Totally understand the desire to only read fiction when you’re reading so much non-fiction for uni. Don’t feel bad about that – fiction rocks! May I just before I forget how stunning that top photo is…very stunning. I also mostly read in bed, before going to sleep, which I often feel bad about because sometimes I nod off. I’m stunned that you can read while brushing your teeth, what a skill! Thanks for sharing your lovely thoughts on books and reading with us all x

      1. Hey Isabel! Fiction definitely does rock! I think two thirds of my shelves are occupied by fiction.

        Aw, thanks so much re the photo πŸ™‚ It sums up how most of my reading nests look lately.

        Haha Laura was impressed with my multitasking skills too! I didn’t realise it was that odd. It’s typically only when I’m reeeeaally loving a book though, and can’t bear to put it down for even two minutes!

        Thanks so much for commenting πŸ˜€ x

    1. Wow, 50 books! You’ve already read more books than I’m hoping to read this year! I envy your speedy reading ability, haha.
      I’m definitely adding The Opposite of Loneliness to my list, seeing as you and Isabel both loved it so much.
      I totally agree with you about non-fiction. It’s ok, but it feels like a literary sigh of relief when I get to read fiction again! I can’t not finish books, no matter how much I hate them, maybe I should learn to!

      1. Haha thanks Catherine! I’ve never really thought of myself as a speedy reader but I guess having a big challenge of 50 has spurred me on. I’m definitely keen to stay on track so I’m probably reading at a faster than normal pace.

        So glad you’re thinking of reading The Opposite of Loneliness! Huzzah to spreading it’s goodness further! I hope you enjoy it.

        That’s exactly how I feel. Like fiction is a big comfy chair that fits me perfectly. So comfortable and enjoyable! I’m still struggling with the idea of not finishing a book – I’m sure I’ll share my thoughts in my end-of-year post and let you know how I go.

        Thanks so much for stopping by, Catherine πŸ™‚

    1. It’s so refreshing to realise you don’t have to a read/finish a book that doesn’t chime with you. Even if you bought it yourself. I thought I struggled with non-fiction too but I seem to have done OK so far this year – but wow – 31 books is impressive!

      Meanwhile, I keep seeing recommendations for ‘The Opposite of Loneliness’ so I think I better get it x

      1. It really is, Rebecca! I think I put too much pressure on myself to finish everything.

        Thanks! I still can’t quite believe I’ve read that many already so I’m pretty chuffed! πŸ™‚

        And yes! Definitely do grab a copy of The Opposite of Loneliness. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks so much for dropping past πŸ™‚ x

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