Growing up, I used to read for pleasure all the time. We went to the library and checked out books on a regular basis and I loved going to B. Dalton bookstore in the mall. When I moved home after pharmacy school, I called the library to see how to get a new library card. The children's librarian (Mrs. Powers) knew who I was before I even told her (lol!). I quit reading for pleasure sometime during pharmacy school. I didn't have much free time and I had to read so many textbooks that extra reading just didn't happen.
This year I signed into Goodreads and set a goal of 24 books for 2015... 2 per month seemed doable! And now that I found this read-a-long prompt list, I'll be updating my progress monthly. I added a couple more to my original goal.
1 - A book you own but haven't read
2 - a book that was made into a movie
3 - a book you pick solely because of the cover
4 - a book your friend loves
5 - a book published this year
6 - a book by an author you've never read before
7 - a book by an author you love
8 - a book at the bottom of your "to be read" pile
9 - a book with a color in the title
10 - a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
11 - a book you started but never finished
12 - a book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe
13 - a book with a female heroine
14 - a book set in the summer
15 - a book of poems
16 - a book you learned about because of this challenge
17 - a book that will make you smarter
18 - a book with a blue cover
19 - a book you were supposed to read in school. But didn't.
21 - a book with a great first line
22 - a book with pictures
23 - a book from the library
24 - a book you loved... read it again!
25 - a book that is more than 10 years old
26 - a book based on a true story
In January, I checked off #18 - a book with a blue cover by reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I loved reading this book. Every month, Gretchen focused on one area of her life and tried to increase her happiness in that area. I could really relate to almost everything she did. Although she considered herself happy to begin with, she become more fulfilled during that year.
Next, I read #14 - a book set in the summer - by reading The Vacationers by Emma Straub. It's about a dysfunctional family on a vacation overseas. It was somewhat interesting, but didn't totally captivate me or anything. Easy read.
The last book for January was #21 - a book with a great first line. I read Everything I Never Told You: A Novel by Celeste Ng. WOW. I read this book really fast because it was so good!
What's the best book you've read in the last year? I need some to add to my list!
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