Well, this week I took a couple of vacation days, which gave me 4 days off in a row! Something I have not experienced in quite some time, and something I hadn't realized I desperately needed. And, despite the 8 months of unemployment, and then the weeks where I only worked a day or two when I first started my current job, this is the first time I have spent 4 days straight alone, and without the weight of the world on my shoulders. Yes, I still have stresses and things to handle, but a stable housing situation and job, among other things, allowed me to truly relax. And while relaxing I discovered that not relaxing was what ate my drive to read! Well, that, and I think that re-reading books I have already read made things less exciting. The re-reading can't be helped, because the next book in the Outlander series comes out this year and I read the lost one in a bit of a fog and need to just start over. One book almost down in that endeavor though!
Anyway...the point of this long story, that I seem to have been unable to make short, is that I have set myself a goal to read 50 books this year. 20 years ago that would have been nothing, but after a year of finishing only 2 I think it is a pretty good challenge! I am going to start a list here with my intended reads, and cross them off as they are completed. As of now, they are, in no particular order:
- Outlander - Diana Gabaldon -- FINISHED!! 1 down, 49 to go!
- The Wilder Life - Wendy McClure -- FINISHED!! 2 down, 48 to go! Working on a blog post about this one, LOVED it!
- The Girl in the Leaves - Robert Scott -- We will just have to call this one done at about 2/3 of the way through. Interesting subject matter, but stretched out way longer than it needed to be, and stretched out with drivel!!
- Delirium - Lauren Oliver - Finished, yay! I talk about it here: Delirium
- Pandemonium - Lauren Oliver -- started 8/25/13, finished 8/31. Read about it here: Pandemonium
- Inferno - Dan Brown -- started 5/14/13, finished 9/26/13. Read about it here: Inferno
- Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon
- Requiem - Lauren Oliver
- Delirium Stories - Lauren Oliver
- Voyager - Diana Gabaldon
- Drums of Autumn - Diana Gabaldon
- The Fiery Cross - Diana Gabaldon
- A Breath of Snow and Ashes - Diana Gabaldon
- An Echo in the Bone - Diana Gabaldon
- Written in My Own Heart's Blood - Diana Gabaldon (due out some time this Fall, EDIT: Release date has been pushed back to March 25, 2014, BOO!)
- Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
- If I Stay - Gayle Forman
- Come Back - Claire & Mia Fontaine (I like some non-fiction mixed in)
- Incarnate - Jodi Meadows
- The Cats of Tanglewood Forest - Charles De Lint
- Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Catherynne Valente
- Cinder - Marissa Meyer
- Across the Universe - Beth Revis
- Fortunately, the Milk - Neil Gaiman
IN MY "QUEUE"
Wish me luck! The challenge is on!
UPDATE: 6 down as of 9/26/13!