Having set a goal to read more in 2016 — and to "read" more audio books — I could not be happier with my Goodreads stats:
I just finished reading the 22nd book this morning! That is certainly not a lot of books compared to some, but it is pretty darn good for me! Half of those books were audio books, too, so you can see what a difference that makes! I love to read and have been an avid reader in the past, but I've not devoted a lot of time to it in the past several years — work, grandkids, knitting, sewing, cooking, laundry (not dusting), etc. have all hampered my game in recent years — and the pages turn very slowly!
I've belonged to a book club for years, but have often not read the books — when one reads few books, one is a bit choosy — I'd often be in the middle of something else that I preferred (or perhaps still reading the previous selection). I raved so much about a couple of books this year (A Man Called Ove, Lab Girl), that they were chosen as book club selections even though it wasn't my turn to pick!
A fair number of these books — 13 of them — were squares on my BINGO card, which I love for the potential broadening of one's reading horizons. Also, I love a game that's open to a bit of interpretation/personalization. (I'm still playing that card and trying to finagle Born to Run into the "Presidential Biography" category… what do you think? He is THE BOSS!)
I am grateful, too, for the likes of you — fellow bloggers and dear readers — from suggestions on how to ease into listening rather than reading to book recommendations… Thank you.
Stand outs? I loved the memoirs, especially Composed, Not My Father's Son, and Lab Girl. A Man Called Ove, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Boston Girl, Code Name Verity, and Hamilton: The Revolution were especially memorable audio — actually, all of the above were audio books!
The bar has been set, now, and I'm looking forward to setting & reaching a higher goal next year!!
Happy New Year!!