I had been meaning to share a comprehensive list of the books I have read thus far this year.
I set myself the challenge of reading at least 60 books this year and the first quarter turned out to be rather successful.I aimed for 5 books per month,but slightly surpassed that in the first month.
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi
- Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
- The Gift of Imperfection by Brene Brown
- Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson.
- The Trial by Franz Kafka
- Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
- The Prophet by Khalil Gibran (re-read)
- The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
- The Examined Life(How We Lose and Find Ourselves) by Stephen Grosz
- Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
- Books v. Cigarettes by George Orwell
- Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Tips for reading more
Read anywhere and everywhere. Block out the noise of public transport by focusing your mental energies on a book.
Read with a theme in mind. In January I focused on books written by female writers and discovered the genius that is Cheryl Strayed. After reading George Orwell’s superb collection of essays,Books v.Cigarettes,I’m now more interested in anthological style publications.
End a book if you don’t find that reading it is pleasurable or interesting.Two months ago, I found myself ploughing through an old copy of Catcher in the Rye with great difficulty. I expected to enjoy this book as much as the renowned literary critics had claimed that anybody would.I simply could not relate and therefore moved on to something that aroused my imagination and intellect.
Get a Kindle. When you’re uninterested in the books you see on bookshelves and want a varied collection of literature, your kindle will not disappoint. When you want to read something chunky/heavy and wordy like The Goldfinch or Murakami’s IQ84, your kindle is your best friend.
Count the length of pages of a book beforehand. The point of setting a reading goal,is in part to succeed at it. Some weeks permit more reading than others. Smaller books suffice for short journeys for example and lengthier books will see you through a week long holiday.