SOL Tuesday – Books, Challenges, Obsessions

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Today is time to share our Slices of Life – the weekly writing challenge at “Two Writing Teachers”.

 

I am in an enviable position – being retired and being able to read as much as I want – finally. I have always loved to read and tried to find time to read during my years of raising children and teaching full-time. I usually had a half hour after supper when the children knew not to disturb me, when I could savour a cup of tea and read – usually a magazine.

But now I can indulge myself and I do. Last year I set a goal of reading 350 books on Goodreads and I exceeded it by 8. Now mind you, these included picture books, MG to YA, non-fiction, romance, scifi – so a range of books.

I set the same goal this year and so far, I have read at least a book a day. I am reading more from the library and the free books through free book services for the kindle (certainly saves money and keeps books off my overflowing bookcases!)

Last year I did not keep shelves on Goodreads, so unless I count, I don’t know how many of each genre I read. This year, I am using the shelves and it will help track what kinds of books I am reading as well.

Last year I discovered an obsession with fantasy/paranormal – immortal highlanders, shapeshifters, dragons – and it still continues. I have also been obsessed with reading series by author Susan Mallery.

Reading from many genres is hopefully helping my writing, as I write in several different genres (pix books, MG and romance).

I am also taking part in several reading challenges. They provide a different focus and a new community of readers. (check page above for my list of challenges and books read)

What books, challenges and obsessions are you looking to read this year??

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10 thoughts on “SOL Tuesday – Books, Challenges, Obsessions

  1. Wow! 358 books. I can’t imagine keeping track of all of those. My favorite book so far is a 2016 one, “Be a Friend.” I’m also anxious to read the second “Mr. Lemoncello” book as I loved, loved, loved the first one. And “I’m Trying to Love Spiders” is also on my TBR list.

    I’m pretty eclectic, but I’d love to read just a few more of the award winners!
    Thanks for such an informative post!

  2. You are living the dream life of a bookaholic! I don’t do challenges or keep track of books read, but I do admire those who do. I am a bit obsessed with picture books. I love to recommend them to teachers. Recently I read Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepety, a very moving story.

  3. You get high marks in Retirement 101. How fulfilling to read and write as much as you want — which is obviously a lot. I miss that euphoric reading state when I am pressed with too much school business and don’t have a good YA or adult novel going. Thanks. 🙂

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