I Should Read More

Over the past year, not counting the books I read in the last semester of my good old time at college, I read about 2-ish recreational books:

  • Stray (Andrea Host) — Read in almost once sitting, finishing it at 3AM at Eldest Sister’s house
  • Divergent (Veronica Roth) — Read the first half before my sister stole her copy of the book back

That’s not a great track record. Especially not for someone who loves writing so much and who revised a book and wrote a whole other book during that time frame.

Solution? Read more.

Over the past month, I’ve read:

  • Divergent (Veronica Roth) — Coworker’s copy for reading the second half! (three days)
  • Insurgent (Veronica Roth) — Also from Coworker (four days)
  • Allegiant (Veronica Roth) — From friend, T-alpha (one week)
  • Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard) — Also from T-alpha (two weeks [in my defense, I did get in a car crash in the middle of reading this one])

(You mght have noticed my lack of desire to purchase books. That’s because I only ever read most books once, and I don’t have the space/ability to own a lot of things.

Also, when I’m not on a daily schedule of writing for two hours (out of the three hours of free time I have after ten hours of work), I average about a book per week. So I’ve made the arbitrary decision (DECLARATION TIME!) to read at least 20 books this year, no matter what/when. That’s a far step from the measly 2 of 2014. If I don’t have time to read, then I can’t say I have time to write. Without one, the other is somehow incomplete.

Next on my list might be:

  • Lab Rat One (Andrea Host)
  • Caszandra (Andrea Host)
  • Shipbreaker (Paolo Bacigalupi) — 1/4 done already

I read the first quarter of Shipbreaker while chillaxing in the English Dept office a year ago (why, yes, I was the nerd that hung out in the office between classes).

I will, at some point in this life of mine, finish reading the books I started and have not yet finished (taunting me constantly on GoodReads):

  • The Universe in a Nutshell (Stephen Hawking)
  • Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)

As for the other books I will read this year, I am completely and wholly up for suggestions. I trust you, collections of 1s and 0s currently reading this. If not implicitly, then at least with my reading list! 😀

Do you have any books to recommend?

Tell me in comments, on twitter (see sidebar widget), via smoke signals, through psychic telepathy, or with morse code.


4 thoughts on “I Should Read More

  1. Pingback: Finding Time to Read & Write | words — and other things
  2. Good for you for setting a goal! Most of the books I’ve been reading right now have been for school. I can’t wait to start reading for fun again!

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