I vaguely remember doing a midyear reading update in the past but I cannot recall the exact year. I tried doing a search of my archives but I can’t seem to find one. Anyway, I will do such a post for this year because this is the year which I feel that I am at my best, reading-wise. Here are the reading goals I laid down last January and my progress report for each:
- Read at least 24 books. I reached this number even before the month of June ended. I felt underwhelmed by my early finish, I doubled this number and made 48 books as my new reading goal on Goodreads. 😀 I think my fast pace was due to the fact that I’ve been reading e-galleys lately and the YA books that I keep reading because of their stress-relieving qualities.
- Read (and finish!) at least one classic. I planned to read Wuthering Heights last June but I chickened out. Also, I had my hands full last month because of my Number9Dream buddy reading with my David Mitchell reading buddies. The year hasn’t ended yet, though, so all hope is not lost.
- Read all the TFG Books of the Month for 2014. So far, I am strictly abiding by this goal.
- Read at least two books in the 501 Must-Read Children’s Books. No book read from this list yet, but I plan to remedy this for the next half of this year.
- Read the following books, where print copies of some are already gathering dust on my shelf:
- Home by Marilynne Robinson – currently reading
- The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
- White Teeth by Zadie Smith
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker (ebook)
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foerr
- A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
- Man in the Mirror by Paul Auster
- Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan
- Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (ebook)
And now, my Best Reads for the First Half of the Year:
- Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
- Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
- Number9Dream by David Mitchell
- What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt
I feel sad that I haven’t written any reviews for my favorite reads but I will work on my backlog. I don’t know when but I know I eventually will.
And now, my reading list for this month.
My initial plan included only three books for this month, but at the last moment I decided to add another book because I felt that if I don’t read this now, I might never ever read it.
Here is my July Required Reading list:
- The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee. This is the book club’s travelling book #2, and I only have a month to read this before I pass this on to the next reader.
- Home by Marilynne Robinson. Finally, finally. I’ve been putting off reading this otherwise wonderful book (according to some trusted friends) but it was Louize’s recent review/rating that prompted me to crack this book open.
- The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. My challenge book from the book club’s The Oracle. (Thanks again, Meliza, for my copy!)
- (Not in photo) The Quiet American by Graham Greene. The TFG’s book of the month under the Classics genre.
This year’s turning out to be another wonderful reading year. Oh, the things that make me happy! 🙂