Year in Reading (a bit early, but whatever)


You would think that I have plenty of time to read. While it's true that I have access to books more than most people, it is a myth that I read more.

I have had to make a conscious effort since I became a bookseller to read more now. Because I sell books, I have to know what most of what I sell is about. I spend a lot of time reading blurbs about books and listening to what people say about books. That does not equal actually reading more. I have had to curtail my finishing of books. I might read the first 4 chapters and then skip to ending to get a good feel for the book. I start listening to a lot of books through but rarely finish them. The only books I finish are book club books and books that I write reviews for.  Every vacation this year included at least 3 books in my bags and one completed read. I can't go home at night from work every day without a book in tow.

Before I was a bookseller, I was a full-time nurse and part-time book blogger. I had a blog and I reviewed books on it. In my last full year of blogging, I logged 88 books read. Last year I only got about 42 in. This year so far I have read 37. My best year, 2015, I read 160 books. That's a lot of reading. My goal this year is 45 books, but I hope I read more.

I am currently reading four books and listening to another one. I also need to read two books for book clubs this month. No pressure.

Here is a list of books I have read so far this year:

  1. The Girl I Used to Know
  2. Freefall
  3. The History of Bees
  4. The Perfect Fraud
  5. Never Have I Ever
  6. The Escape Room
  7. Elevator Pitch
  8. The Binding
  9. Pickle's Progress
  10. The Bride test
  11. Life and Other Inconveniences
  12. Growing Things
  13. Small Great Things
  14. American Predator
  15. Wicked Saints
  16. Middlegame
  17. Where the Crawdads Sing
  18. The Last House Guest
  19. Pachinko
  20. Lady in the Lake
  21. The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna
  22. Things You Save in a Fire
  23. My Sister, the Serial Killer
  24. Kingdom of Souls
  25. Serpent & Dove
  26. Sapiens
  27. After the Flood
  28. Twenty-One Truths About Love
  29. These Rebel Waves
  30. A Good Neighborhood
  31. Toil & Trouble
  32. The Dark Net
  33. American Dirt
  34. Storyworthy
  35. The Bone Houses
  36. Separation Anxiety
  37. The Only Plane in the Sky