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What are you reading?

This year I set myself a goal to read 75 books. Last year my goal was 50 and I ended at 61, so I figured 75 was reachable. It’s easy to track through Goodreads, so I signed up.

(My challenge is here. I’m not 100% sure that link will take you to it, but let’s hope. If not, search for Polo Lonergan and add me. I’ll steal all your books. I mean… take your recommendations…)

Why did I do it? It’s crazy, right? I should read as much as I want to feel like I’m reading enough. It shouldn’t be a chore. Thing is, even with a challenge like this, nothing about it feels forced. It is a way to remind myself how many good books are out there and how much time I have in between things where I can pick up a good book and enjoy it.

I get a bus to work and home again in the evening. That’s 45 minutes right there altogether. I have an hour’s worth of breaks at work, though I can’t always spend it reading. Sometimes I can, and this challenge makes me want to do so.

It also gives me an excuse to run a hot bubble bath once a week or so and enjoy without guilt, which is something that stops me doing a lot of relaxing, pointless activities. I’m not very good at stopping without worrying about what I should be doing, but reading with a point makes me feel justified. It’s the same reason I knit so much to relax. I can be productive and unproductive all at once.

On top of all of those excellent reasons to do this challenge, I also find I actively seek out new books far more than I was doing before. I would wait for books to fall into my lap. I wouldn’t ask people what they were reading unless it came up naturally in conversation. Now I’m aggressive about it. TELL ME YOUR BOOKS, STRANGER. I NEED NEW ONES.

As it stands I am on my 54th book of the year. That’s 2 ahead of schedule (thank you Goodreads). So I’m going to get aggressive with you guys.

What books are you reading? Why should I read it too? Do you have a challenge you like to follow like this one?

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27 thoughts on “What are you reading?

  1. I just finished the Peculiar children series by Ransom Riggs. It is young adult but it was a pretty fun read. He built the story around all these old strange photographs.

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    1. Ooh. That’s actually really interesting, I should check that out. I think I saw it on the shelf when I was at the store the other day. I do love YA fiction 🙂

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  2. I’m re-reading the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire so I can read the new one when it finally arrives at my house! And as for why you should read the series, I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before, but: awesome range of characters, queer characters, trans characters, practical reactions from fae creatures encountering the human world (Amazon delivers to the Undersea kingdoms) and cracking storytelling.

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    1. I’ve read one and a half of the books and somehow forgot to continue, but thank you for the reminder as I would like to read more. I like Seanan McGuire. Don’t always love her writing (I couldn’t get on with the Velveteen thingy) but I do like what I read of that series. Thank you!

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  3. I’m an all or nothing person, I can’t chop and change easily so I’m knitting at the moment. My husband is currently rereading his Stephen King collection in order of publication and I am so jealous. I am part way through the dark tower series, just about to start Wolves of Calla. I love King’s universe, the characters and the links. My summer read was The Glass Demon by Helen Grant it was a light filler. My favourite writer is Mickey Zucher Reichart, she has a great style and I love the epic battles and humanity in her books. Sorry I love reading too 🙂

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    1. Don’t ever apologise, I love talking about books. Honestly, I’ve only read one Stephen King and it was… long. Lissey’s Story? Nope, Google tells me it was ‘Lisey’s Story’. It was the only book under the counter at a very boring place I worked, so I read it fast but still couldn’t tell you what it’s about. It put me off which is a shame because so many people love his work that I really should give it a go.

      If I were to start Stephen King afresh to get me over that story, which would you suggest I start?

      I’ve never heard of Mickey Zucher Reichart and will promptly fix this. Thank you 😀

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      1. Ouch, haven’t read Lisey’s story yet but hubby is King’s number one fan and he hated it. I’d start with a classic like Salem’s lot or Pet cemetery, my ten year old daughter has just read Carrie and she loved it. I hope you have fun discovering his work 🙂

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  4. I just started Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris, but it’s too early to say anything about it. Before that it was Nalo Hopkinson’s The Salt Roads. Intriguing & thought-provoking, if not always comfortable (content note for slavery, violence).
    Also, seconding Susan Cain’s Quiet. 🙂

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    1. Sometimes it’s good to read a book that doesn’t keep you comfortable all the way through. I think I have The Salt Roads on my to-read or my wish list, so I’m glad to hear that it’s potentially worthwhile. Thank you!

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  5. I just finished The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. I highly enjoyed it. It’s a fictional novel about Ernest Hemingways first marriage from the wife’s point of view based mostly in Paris during the 20s.

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  6. I just finished A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – what a great coming of age story! Really enjoyed it.

    I would also recommend The Illegal, by Lawrence Hill, or really, anything by Lawrence Hill.

    Good luck with your 75 books! My sister has an hour train ride to and from TO, and I think she’s knocked her goal of 50 books out the water with all the travel time.

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    1. I’ve been meaning to read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I’m glad to have a recommendation to do so from someone with such excellent taste as you.

      The Illegal is on my wish list – I read The Book of Negroes and loved it, so I should get on it.

      Oooh. I would not hate an hour on the train to read and/or knit. Twenty minutes is acceptable for now though.

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    1. I love a longer read once in a while – this year I’ve been working through The Count of Monte Cristo which makes everything else seem like a tiny novella. I will check out Cutting for Stone. Thank you!

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  7. Did you ever read The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion? I’d be interested to see if the main character reminds you of anyone 🙂

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