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. 😉
Before I dive into thinking about books I would like to read in 2017, I thought I would provide some thoughts and highlights from 2016. Overall, not a bad year for reading, although I made up for lost time in the last quarter of the year! I usually have a goal of 50 books and I completed 47 books this year. I had a mix of some non-fiction lifestyle and health-related books, poetry and fiction. I’m a little embarrassed to say that that I didn’t read many classics – just The Secret Garden. For fiction books, I read five of the six books in the Wilderness series by Sara Donati. I also enjoyed reading a number of books about authors, including Fallen Beauty, Call Me Zelda, Hemingway’s Girl and The House of Hawthorne. I also enjoyed reading more about Hemingway and his first wife in The Paris Wife.
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain – enjoyed reading about Hemingway’s time in Paris and the literary scene during that time period.
First Impressions by Charlie Lovett – I wasn’t a huge fan of the love triangle, but overall a charming book because you can really sense the author’s love of books. And you can’t go wrong with writing about Jane Austen! 🙂
Stayed tuned for some thoughts on goals for 2017. Happy reading!
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.