This coming year I’ve got a few new goals for myself when it comes to books and reading. Based on my failure to reduce my TBR or control my spending, I’ve reduced the number of resolutions to be more realistic. This year is about quality over quantity.
This year I did pretty well on some of my resolutions, and not so well on others… like the whole reducing my TBR thing? Horrible. I don’t want to talk about it.
Anyway… it’s as good a time as any to see how well I’ve done on these resolutions, with less than two weeks to go in the year. I am officially on winter break now, having survived my first semester of adjunct-hood, and I’m looking forward to doing all the reading over the next few weeks. Still, it won’t be enough time to make a difference in how successful (or not) I was in completing these resolutions.
So it’s day four of my current read-a-thons, and I’m doing… ok. To be honest, the only reason that I am doing as well as I am is because I started my first book on Sunday night.
So far I have:
- Read 615 pages
- Finished 2 books (The Girl With All the Gifts and Anya’s Ghost)
- Completed 2 challenges
- Watched my book-to-movie adaptation (The BFG)
I think that’s pretty good, considering the amount of work I’ve had this week. It’s the last week of the summer class I’m teaching, which means final projects and grading. Some things have been changing for my upcoming job, and I had a dream that I walked into one of my classrooms and it had stadium seating (read: 200 students) instead of the regular 20-25 person classroom I should have, and I was just like… how the hell am I supposed to grade all these students’ papers?! Luckily it was just a dream. Suffice to say, work has been on my mind.
After tomorrow life should finally start to calm down and I can really get some momentum going for these two read-a-thons. Once I get more of this ever-elusive time, I’ll write down my reactions to the books I’ve read. (The Girl With All the Gifts? Whoa.) Next I’m going to read The BFG since I just saw the movie yesterday, and then I’ll have four more books to read by the end of the day Sunday! I think I can do it. I’m pretty sure. We’ll see.
Even though I haven’t been posting here much, or on Instagram much, I’ve been buying books consistently. As in, every weekend I go to the bookstore, and rarely come out with less than 3 books. Every weekend.
Funny story: I went to my local bookstore a few weeks ago with a friend, and while she was paying and I was still browsing elsewhere, the cashier asked my friend if she had an account (you get a discount for trading in used books). My friend said no, but another employee who was there said, “oh she came in with Leslie, just put it on her account”.
Look at this, I’m doing a Top Ten Tuesday!
This week its the top ten books of 2015, and I decided to make this based on books I read, not necessarily ones that were published this year. At the moment of writing this post I have read 61 books this year. That’s quite a bit to get through. I linked my reviews if possible, if you would like more detailed info.
I also decided that listing 5 books that I won’t read again from this year might be fun, so I’ll do that at the end.
These are in no particular order because that’s just asking too much. So here goes:
This week from Broke and Bookish is on the top ten characters I didn’t click with, which is interesting because I try not to judge characters just because I don’t like them. But I think I can do this.
1) Sam from The Casualties. This character was one of the main reasons I didn’t like this book as well as I wanted to. He’s passive and yet makes some decisions that make no sense at all. I can understand a rude character, a broken character, a character who is lacking in all empathy and awareness of others. But a character who is just there and lets things happen to them with no regard one way or another?
While I love this top ten from Broke and Bookish (today is my first day teaching a new class!), I have to say that ten books is a lot for one class, for one semester. In my English lit classes the average was around 6-8 books per 15-week semester. So, I decided to change it a bit and pick two classes, with 5 books each.
First off, I have to decide what classes I would teach. How fun!