Today is Day 29 of the March Slice of Life – the daily writing challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers.
This morning I read Fran’s slice “Books I will read?” and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. She shared some interesting facts and asked some questions.
Now that I have retired I have been reading so much more than when I was teaching. Then, I would be lucky to read one book a month and I hardly got to the library at all (except the school’s).
Now, I usually read a book a day – from a variety of genres. And I order books online from the library several times a week.
Fran asked about whether we recorded books read – and I do – first in my weekly/monthly planner, so that I have a paper trail. I also record them on Goodreads (altho I am behind), although I do not usually leave a comment. I like that I can see how many of each genre I read – that gives me a nudge I’m neglecting certain genres. (I enter contests there as well – I finally won another one last week.
I am trying not to buy too many books – I really have tooo many books, especially TBR books. Costco is a bad habit – altho I am getting better at resisting new books there.
My last two purchases were 2 books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and I am so looking forward to reading her memoirs.
As I looked back over the books I’ve read this year today, I had a few discoveries:
- I am reading a lot more ebooks, especially fantasies and sci fi (Freebooksy and BookBub are good sources for free ebooks – which is where I have discovered some new writers)
- I have read a lot of picture books
- I have discovered some new authors/series:
-Darynda Jones (I’m on her 7th book of her fantasy series)
-Susan Grant (ebook sci fi)
-Sarah Morgan (romance)
-Erin Bedford (fantasy ebooks)
- I have read some fabulous MG novels:
– El Deafo by Cece Bell
– Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur
–Magyk by Angie Sage
–Wish by Barbara O’Connor
- Two favourite books this year so far:
–Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anders
–Star Princess by Susan Grant
I can’t wait to discover more great books this year.
What would you recommend??