Last December I joined a few friends for a book club. I’ve joined a few book clubs that usually fizzle out, but we had a plan with ours. We take turns picking a book every month and we reward ourselves with brunch where we can catch up with each other talk about the book. And we’ve been going at it for over a year now. I love this group of ladies as they challenge me, support one another and are just fun to be around. And they also lit a fire in me and I set myself a goal in 2017 to read 30 books.
Now you should know I am a slow reader – I get so angry with myself because if I go too fast and only skim, I end up going back and rereading. So getting through a book takes me time. But 30 books? I didn’t know how I was going to do it because 12 of those were likely to be book club books, 10 of which being books I didn’t pick myself. But I did it… I read 30 books before the end of the year! And I couldn’t be more proud of myself!
Some were short (like a 100 pages), some were long (like over 500 pages), some I loved, others… I didn’t love. There were memoirs, YA, sci-fi, super-natural, dystopian, crime and my first ever gothic fiction. It’s an eclectic list of books, but each one was read from cover to cover and each one counts!
My top five of the year, and I highly recommend each one, were:
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
If you love to read or just want to read more, you should really check out Goodreads – it’s been a great way to organize the books I’ve finished and the ones I want to start, and it connects to Amazon and Kindle. For 2018 my goal is to read 25 books. I know it’s less than last year, but I have a few other projects up my sleeves to keep me busy. If you’d like to see what in my list, look me up on Goodreads – I’d love to connect with you!