Thursday, April 25, 2019

What Had Happened Was - Reading Edition

Reading meme from Tumblr

There’s a reason memes are so popular (among the olds I mean. Apparently the young people are over them.) - they can ring so true. When I saw the one in the image above, I burst out laughing and had to immediately post it to Facebook because it so perfectly captured where my reading life is right now. I’ve written before about my extensive (though I still content that a mere 700 or so books isn’t a very big number of books) collection and how comforting it is to be surrounded by all those unread books, all the potential of diving in to different lives and worlds.

That said, at the rate I’ve been reading for the last, oh, probably decade now, you wouldn’t know that I enjoy reading much. I don’t think I’ve met my Goodreads reading challenge in several years. I came sort of close last year, reading 21 of the 26 books I pledged to read. I decided this would be the year that that changes and pledged to read 30 books in 2019.

So far, I’ve being doing pretty good, with 17 books already read. But things have slowed down a bit in the last month so unless I pick the pace back up I may not make it. What I’ve rediscovered is that carving out reading time isn’t so hard but I am still easily distracted by the TV or phone. I’m also having to be careful about the books I choose - right now my reading choices are still more fluff than substance. I’d like to say that the brain is ready for learning! For serious, thought provoking content! But like any muscle, it’s a bit out of practice so as much as I may want to dive full in to Sapiens or All Quiet on the Western Front or What Social Classes Owe to Each Other (all of which I have on the Kindle app on the iPhone), those are proving to be a bit too dense. But I still have hope. I mean, if moving hundreds of books across the country twice and from apartment to apartment several times isn’t about hope then what is it? Besides proof that I’m a very foolish person, I mean.

Here are the books I’ve read so far:
The Naked Sun (Robot, #2), Asimov
The Caves of Steel (Robot, #1), Asimov
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, West
Heidi, Spyri
Bad Blood (Virgil Flowers, #4), Sanford
When Never Comes, Davis
Dark of the Moon (Virgil Flowers, #1), Sanford
This is the New Happy, Frankel
Golden Prey, (Lucas Davenport, #27), Sanford
The Jungle Book, Kipling
Halsey Street, Coster
Ninth and Nowhere, Deaver
Blood for Blood (Ziba MacKenzie, #1), Selman
Deadlock (V.I. Warshawski, #2), Paretsky
The Great Passage, Miura
Indemnity Only, Paretsky
The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores, Marcum

So far, my favorite would have to be The Great Passage. I can definitely see me reading that more than once. If you’re looking for a book to read, I would definitely recommend it.

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