Reading (It’s what I do)

This year I set myself a reading goal to finish¬†100 books. And I got it done! Goodreads was nice enough to provide a little graphical overview of my reading history. I wanted to read 100 books and I finished off the year with 107! That’s a nice total.


I love a compliment about my reading.

Still Reading

I had hoped to finish Ulysses (Gabler Edition) 1st (first) edition Text Only
in 2015, but it didn’t happen. I started reading it in June right before Bloomsday, but let it slack until I felt end of the year pressure. I guarantee I will finish it in January 2016.

Reading Wins

Now, for the books I did finish in 2015. I wish I could pick my favorite super easily, but they are so different. I really loved A Single Shard. I love learning about different time periods and cultures. This book inspired me to try my first pottery wheel!

One of the books I read with my middle son was Helen Keller (Scholastic Biography)
and I loved the experience of reading that with him. He’s so emotionally invested in books, he cried quite hard when Annie died.

My oldest is partial to graphic novels and he and I both enjoyed El Deafo and quoted Roller Girl
to each other. I love that my ten-year-old son enjoyed books about young women pushing themselves beyond limits and facing fears.

Reading Blahs

I was underwhelmed by Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad (Canongate Myths) Stephanie Blake’s The Marble Queen. I don’t even remember what happened in My Sunshine Away. I feel so sorry to say that, because frankly as a writer I’d rather have someone remember and dislike my book than not remember anything at all. It may be a problem with my memory and not the book, though, because it was a NPR Best Book.

I set another reading goal for 2016, but I wasn’t sure if I should set something higher or lower than what I did last year. I finally just selected 100 books again. It’s a great goal and totally manageable.¬†How many books did you read in 2015? Have you set a goal for 2016?