In 2014, I did my first reading challenge. It was the first time I’d ever kept track of what I was reading during the course of a year; I went with 40 books as a nice, round number and had a lot of fun reading so much. Not to mention that reading is the best way to improve your writing as well.
This year, I upped the number of books I intend to have read by year’s end to 42. I have to say that I began reading two other books during this time and didn’t get much beyond 5% into either of them. So, I’m not feeling obliged to plow through something I can’t get into. But Grand Central, the most recent book I finished, is a short story anthology and it makes me want to read other short story anthologies–or maybe force my writing friends into writing one with me. Or at least practice writing short.
I’ve finished the first ten of a hopeful forty-two! Here’s my list:
1. On Gold Mountain: The Hundred-Year Odyssey of my Chinese-American Family by Lisa See.
Non-fiction/ History/Family history/Chinese/Chinese-American. 4 stars. Review
2. Half Life (Russell’s Attic #2) by SL Huang. Science-fiction/Fantasy/Spec fic. 5 stars. Review.
3. The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond by Alex J. Cavanaugh et al.
Reference/Craft/Writing. 5 stars. Review.
4. A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander #6) by Diana Gabaldon. Historical fiction/Fantasy. 4 stars.
5. An Echo in the Bone (Outlander #7) by Diana Gabaldon. Historical fiction/Fantasy. 4 stars.
6. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (Outlander #8) by Diana Gabaldon. Historical fiction/Fantasy. 4 stars. Review.
7. The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (The Smythe-Smith Quartet #4) by Julia Quinn. Historical romance. 3 stars.
8. Longbourn by Jo Baker. Historical fiction/Romance/Regency/Inspired by Jane Austen. 4 stars. Review.
9. Her Highland Fling: A Novella by Jennifer McQuiston. Historical romance/Victorian/Scotland. 2 stars.
10. Grand Central: Original Postwar Stories of Love and Reunion by Melanie Benjamin, Kristina McMorris, Jenna Blum, Sarah Jio, Alyson Richman, Karen White. Anthology/Short Stories/World War Two/Historical Fiction. Review.
What’s everyone else reading?