What I Read in December

I didn’t know what to expect this month. NaNoWriMo took a lot of out me. It does every year. Sometimes that means I don’t have the energy to engage with words at all and sometimes I just don’t have the energy to write. This year reading was fine. I wanted to finish reading some books and I did!

My goal for the year was to read 24 books. I ended up reading 30. I think for 2022 I will aim for 30 again and see if I can surpass it.

Books I finished reading in December:

  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Year of the Griffin – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Gideon the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir

Books I’m currently reading:

  • The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Heaven Official’s Blessing (Volume 1) – Mo Xiang Tong Xiu

What books did you read in December? Did you reach your reading goals for the year and are you aiming higher in 2022?

What I Read in November

I never know what to expect when it comes to reading in November. Trying to write 50,000 words in a month can really interfere with reading time, but sometimes making a book come out of my brain really makes me want to shove more books in there.

Books I finished reading in November:

  • Lore Olympus: Volume One – Rachel Smythe
  • Dark Lord of Derkholm – Diana Wynne Jones

Books I’m currently reading:

  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Gideon the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir
  • Year of the Griffin – Diana Wynne Jones

What books did you read in November? Did you end up taking a break from reading to focus on writing during NaNoWriMo?

What I Read in July


July was a weird month for reading. I kept bouncing from one book to the next without actually finishing any of them for most of the month. Then in the final week of July I reached the end of multiple books. It was a bit strange to close out the month with so many conclusions. I’m not sure that’s happened to me before.

Books I finished reading in July:

  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V. E. Schwab
  • Rogue Protocol – Martha Wells
  • Persuasion – Jane Austen

Books I’m currently reading:

  • House of Many Ways – Diana Wynne Jones
  • Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
  • The Poppy War – R. F. Kuang
  • Exit Strategy – Martha Wells

What did you read in July? Have you ever jumped around between different books only to finish several of them within a few days on each other? I’m still not sure how I feel about it even now.

What I Read in May

May was a good month for reading! Escaping into books worked really well and I was happy to have an escape.

Books I finished reading in May:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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What books did you read in May?

Do you use books as an escape from reality when things are a little too bleak? I’ve been craving that escape a lot lately. I’m so glad my local library has a pretty decent selection of ebooks and audiobooks I can check out from home. I’d probably be climbing the walls at this point without them.

What I Read in March

If February flew by, March was the month that wouldn’t end. The world was in chaos. I was distracted, scared and upset in varying levels every day. Reading was a good way to escape, but I found it difficult to focus unless I was already at least mostly calm.

Books I finished reading in March:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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What books did you read in March? Are you struggling to read because of worry and stress or has it served as a way to escape?

What I Read in February

I can’t believe February is over. We even had leap day this year and it still seemed like the month flew by. I feel like I read a lot this month, but I spread it out over multiple books so I didn’t finish much of anything.

Books I finished reading in February:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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What books did you read in February? Have you ever spent a month reading some of many books instead of finishing one book at a time?

What I Read in January

A new year has started!

I feel like a lot of my reading habits from 2019 have carried over to 2020. Some of that is good. I’m taking advantage of my local libraries digital offerings. Some of it isn’t so good. I’m not doing much to build up good reading habits. Fortunately, there’s plenty of time to change that!

Books I finished reading in January:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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What books did you read in January?

Do you have any books you think I should read? I like to have at least two books in rotation at a time so I have an opening right now!

What I Read in December

The year is over! I didn’t read a ton of books this year, but I really studied a couple of books I knew I loved to figure out what makes them so great.

Books I finished reading in December:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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How was 2019 for you reading-wise? Did you discover a new favorite or revisit a fictional world you love?

In 2020 I’m going to aim for two books a month. I should be able to achieve this goal, even if I slow down and really study the books. What’s your 2020 reading goal?

What I Read in November

November is for NaNoWriMo so I never know what to expect from my reading habits. This month I actually managed to read a bit.

Books I finished reading in November:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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I’m still savoring my reread of The Fellowship of the Ring. I adore Tolkien. This time I find myself getting stuck rereading the songs and poems. I want to be able to do that! My poetry skills aren’t good enough yet. It’s something I’ll have to work on if I want to try to include poetry in my writing.

What books have you read recently? I’d love to know!

 

What I Read in October

Reading was interesting this month. One of the things I read this month was my own writing. That was a weird experience, but definitely a worthwhile one! I didn’t hate everything I read!

Books I finished reading in October:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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I’m still savoring this read through of The Fellowship of the Ring. It’s a book I’ve ready multiple times before and this time around I’m enjoying the songs and picking up as many references to the ancient history of Middle Earth I can.

Do you ever do this with books you love?

What books have you read recently? I’d love to know!