I read 44 books in 2013.
I am really trying not to get caught up on that number. I had originally hoped to read 60 books this year, but around the summer time, I realized this probably would not happen, and I tried to make peace with ditching that goal.
I really want reading to be a source of pleasure and relaxation, not about stress or goal-orientation. However, it is a constant struggle within me to turn off that part of my brain, so here I am still talking about it.
When I look at what I read in 2013, I realize there were not many books that I absolutely loved. There was many medicore books, a few I hated and a few I quit. I used to never quit books, but I finally realized that there are so many amazing books to be read, I will not waste my time with one that feels like torture to get through.
Below is a list of some of my favorite books, from the year. You can click on the link to read my review:
Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls
Books I quit
World War Z
The Three Musketeers
The Great Journey: Americans in Paris
The Red Tent
Books I re-read
I often return to past favorites when I am stuck in a reading rut, this seemed to happen a few times this year.
Harry Potter 1-7
The Fault in Our Stars
The Great Gatsby
I am not setting a goal of how many books to read, this year. My reading goal for this year is to simply enjoy reading.
My current to-read pile looks like this, which shows I have not been very successful in refraining from purchasing books:
Do you have any 2014 reading goals?
Great list – I’ve already added a few to my Amazon wish list! My reading goals are just to keep discovering new books and authors (I usually read 2-3 books a week – more when not in school!)
Goodreads is a great way to discover new stuff, I steal so many recommendations from what other people are reading.
Ahhhh you re-read some great ones! I tried Before I Fall in October and just could NOT get into it. I got about 40 or so pages in before realizing it just wasn’t my time to read it. I felt like the main character was super whiny and really came across as a young teenager. I’ve heard so many good things though so I might try it again!
She definitely starts off that way but what I loved was her transformation throughout the book. I’ve done that with books though, I realize later that I would have read them at another time, I may actually have liked it.
I love Wild too! If you like that one you should try the One Hundred Year Old Man the Climbed out the Window and disappeared.
Ooo…that sounds good. Thanks, I will add it to my to-read list.