Well, April was not a great reading month for me. Between being sick and getting side-tracked on a few things, I didn’t make much of a dent this month. However, I am actually making some good progress on reading some of the books I picked out for 2017 (more to come on this). I enjoyed reading To The Bright Edge of the World as it was full of outdoor adventures and exploration of new territories – it inspired me to get out in nature more often! I’m also in the midst of reading The Art Forger and I’m really enjoying learning more about the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston.
March ended up being a good reading month – I am now 26% complete towards my goal of 50 books. 😀 I finished Mansfield Park, which I thought was a charming book. The School of Night brought back memories of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I also enjoyed A Moveable Feast, especially after reading The Paris Wife and Hemingway’s Girl. I think in honor of spring, I might try to read a few nature books next month, along some poetry since April is National Poetry Month.
So far, so good in terms of my reading progress – 14% of the way towards my goal of 50 books. I completed two non-fiction books this month, and I’m about halfway through Mansfield Park and also working on some poetry. I think this is the maximum amount of books I can juggle at one time!
I’m going to strive for a goal of 50 books in 2017. I’ve selected a few books that I hope to read in 2017 – I’m sure I’ll get side-tracked by new books, so we’ll see how well I do with completing the stack. 😉
2016 is a wrap! I made some progress towards the end of the year with reading and overall, had a good mix of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. After reviewing my list, I was surprised to see that I ended up reading five of the six Sara Donati books from the Wilderness series. I’ll plan to read the final book, The Endless Forest, in 2017. I will have to reflect on some of my favorites from 2016. Did you have any reading highlights or favorites in 2016?
It’s hard to believe there is less than one month remaining for the 2016 year – time flies! I made more reading progress this month. I really enjoyed all three books I read in November (books 39-41). Fire Along the Sky is book 4 of Sara Donati’s Wilderness series. I also really enjoyed A Paris Apartment and it reignited my interest in art history. I recently picked up The Art Forger, which I look forward to reading. Here’s to a month of reading and all things merry to wrap up the year! 🙂
Happy Hallows-Eve! I’ve made some good reading progress over the last month. Highlights include The Perfume Collector, which I really enjoyed, along with The Rain in Portugal by Billy Collins. I was excited that this book was all new poems. I plan to continue to work through some of my poetry collection between now through the end of the year. I would also like think about a classic or two that I would like to tackle over the winter months. My friend and I are thinking about Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens (gulp – big book!).
With September to a close, I’ve added a few books to my “completed” list. It looks like this month was a focus on non-fiction books. I also have a couple of poetry books that I am reading alongside the books – Good Poems and some John Keats. I need to review my shelves and various reading lists, as I have a few that I would like to tackle before the end of the year!
As promised, I wanted to share a list of the books I’ve read so far this year. I typically have a tough time reading “heavier” or more serious books in the summer months, so I have a couple on my list that I would like to tackle this fall. I also have a few poetry books stacked by my bed that I’m also working on. I ended up coming across the book Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck about the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, which led me to Call Me Zelda, Hemingway’s Girl, and The House of Hawthorne. While the books were historical fiction, I found it fascinating to learn more about the lives of some famous authors.
Well, December ended up NOT being a good reading month. With the holidays and work, I fizzled out. I completed 45 books in 2015, which was 90% towards my goal of 50 books. Call me crazy, but I’ll have another goals of 50 books for 2016. 🙂 I will be back for a recap of 2015, along with some potential reads for 2016. Happy New Year!
1: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry 2: Clara and Mr. Tiffany 3: Absolutely Truly: A Pumpkin Falls Mystery
4: The Miniaturist 5: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing 6. The Professor and the Madman
7. Aimless Love
8. Lean In
9: The Four Seasons
10: The Food Babe Way
11: First Frost
12: Natalia Rose’s Detox Guide to Youth Regeneration: Achieving Timeless Beauty
13: The New Health Rules: Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness
14. Yoga Girl
15: David Copperfield
16: On Wings of Song: Poems About Birds (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets)
17: The Beauty Detox Power: Nourish Your Mind and Body for Weight Loss and Discover True Joy 18: Nine Horses: Poems
19: The Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living
20: Farm Sanctuary
21: Deliciously Ella: 100+ Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes
23: Ballistics: Poems
24: Main Street Vegan
25: The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know
26: The Light Between Oceans
27: The Oh She Glows Cookbook
28: The Miracles of Prato
29: Eat. Nourish. Glow.: 10 easy steps for losing weight, looking younger & feeling healthier
30: The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion
31: Do Your Om Thing: Bending Yoga Tradition to Fit Your Modern Life
32: The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for The Whole Family
33: Under the Wide and Starry Sky
34: Paper Towns
35: The 30-Day Vegan Challenge (New Edition):The Ultimate Guide to Eating Healthfully and Living Compassionately
37: Horoscopes for the Dead
38: Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
39: John Saturnall’s Feast
40: The Book of Speculation
41: 100 Love Sonnets
42: The Cricket on the Hearth
43: Gentlemen and Players
44: Station Eleven
45: The Little Paris Bookshop
Do you have any book recommendations that I should add to my reading list?