One of my New Year's resolutions this year was to read twenty books. I thought that goal would be sufficient. Little did I know how quickly I typically get through a book.
If I like it, it's done within about three days. If I don't like it, it's still done within about three days (mostly because I can't not finish a book, so I just read faster to get it over with). By the end of May I had read 15 books. I don't think I am going to have a problem meeting my goal by the end of the year.
The other part of the goal was to read a variety of books. Although I could certainly do better, I am pleased with how diversified my selection has been thus far (in comparison to, say, the last twenty-ish years of my life).
Here's a list of this year's books:
The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell
The Kite Runner by Khalad Hosseini
My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney* (funny-ish, just not my style)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by same*
My Antonia by Willa Cather
The Tea Shop Girls by Laura Shaefer* (more jr high drama. gag.)
Oddball Ohio: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places by Jerome Pohlen* (more or less interesting)
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Stolen Lives:Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Giver by Lois Lowry
I liked them all pretty well, with the exception of those marked with an asterisk.
My favorites thus far? Definitely Guernsey Literary and My Antonia. They were both wonderful books, and I highly recommend them.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins
Although I feel like I have read thus far at a grueling pace, I expect things to slow down with the summer and with the mere fact that I have two rather lengthy books in the queue. I guess we shall see.
I decided to raise my goal to thirty diversified books. . .