Reading 2019 and 2020

2019

Every January my book club has a meeting where we talk about the books we read last year, share our recommendations and experiences in reading. Our January meeting is later today and I’m going over all the books and reading I did last year. I did not plan on writing another generic post about the books read last year.

book-club-4

Last year was a sort of transitional for me since the first half of the year I read sporadically. Writing blog posts about reading books is kinda awkward when you don’t read books that much – I guess every reader goes trough a reading block phase sooner or later.

2019 1

It took me some time to find my reading mojo. I managed to keep up with book club reading for a time but book club picks are not always books I can enjoy. My motivation for reading is much more personal. I read for pleasure. It was only when I found a book that made me feel happy to be reading did I get back on track and started reading more again.

2019 2

Somewhere in summer I decided to plan my reading activities a little better and made myself a reading challenge to tackle on some books I already own. My summer reading challenge was a great success – you can check it out HERE. I read fifteen books in the span of two months and I enjoyed most of them quite a bit.

2019 3

With the promising results and the amount of the books I read that I already owned I was inspired to buy some new books. So after a while I got myself a quite a big pile of new books and most I already managed to read trough! I even made plans on some culling of the books I read and don’t plan on reading anymore. so far they stayed just plans.

2019 4

The most motivation to read more I got from reading the book series I already owned and the books I owned for years only to read them now and enjoy them so much I wanted to hit myself for not reading them sooner. I was reminded how much I loved fangirling and exploring the character and worlds from the book across other media as well. The announcement of some new TV shows based on books I read in 2019. made me very excited.

2019 5

I’m happy to report that my reading ended on a higher note for the 2019. I found a new author that I love and have since bought most of the books by that author I could get my hands on. I plan to share my find with my book club tonight! I can count on at least one to read it since some of the books are announced to be translated to Croatian sometime this year.

2019 6

I still have an ongoing reading plans and I hope to make them work with book club reading and everything else that life throws at me. I’m keeping most of my reading goals for 2020. tied to the books I already own. This is why I have made a list of thirty books I already own that I hope to read in 2020. I will make another post to explore the list in detail and make it easier for me to keep track of my progress.

2019 7

This blog is a big help for me to see how much I read. I have a Goodreads account and that is where I got the pictures I am using in this post but sometimes I find it more easier to navigate my Monthly reading reviews for results in a year worth of reading.

ahead

For 2020. I’ve chosen to challenge myself with reading 55 books. It is not a round number but it is a number I think is achievable for me based on the results of the previous year. I’m happy to report that my reading is doing great so far in 2020. I’m already ahead of schedule and have read a whole 3 books I already own in less that two weeks!

Hope your reading in 2020 is full of great books and adventure!

 

 

Reading in February 2017

14192540_10154485591322389_4559862299363117329_n

After finishing some books I’ve been dragging along from last year I am in the middle of reading some really interesting books!

bal-grofa

Le Bal du comte d’Orgel by Raymond Radiguet

This book intrigued me since it came into the bookstore last year. I got interested in theme and less known french author. I’m one third into the book and I really love the writing style and the characters. Melancholy tone of the book does not interfere with my reading speed so far.

magnus-chase-and-the-hammer-of-thor

The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2) by Rick Riordan

Finally I got into reading second book in Magnus Chase series. I’m a bit distressed with all the up to speed pop culture references. Also the tone is very inclusive and it screams 2016. I will definitely have to write a review on it after I’m done with it.

32261

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

This is the first of two books I’m reading for book club this February. With some of these classic books I have a feeling I’ve been living under a rock since I’ve managed to avoid any contact with books or move versions even though some of them were part of my mandatory school reading like Jane Austen’s books or those by Bronte sisters. I’m going in blind into this one as well.

ba7995b8603e9da5a372ce12620aad28

After finishing with the books above here are a few others I want to read in February as well.

acfb8a7a439e426432828ee569d7d5e7

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan

I’m attacking this one right after I’m done with Magnus Chase book.

turnofthescrew

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

This is my second book club required reading for February

After these I’m hopping to add some romance novels since it’s February after all. I haven’t picked out anything in particular yet.

 

romance-2

 

Reading in progress – August 2016

56d774541e0000c60070f2f3

After MIA July in August I’m slowly getting back on track. I’m in the middle of reading of four different books!

Storms-Heart1

16 out of 323 pages

Storm’s Heart (Elder Races book #2)

by Thea Harrison

This on is a carry on from June. I liked the first book of the series and jumped onto the second right away. I have trouble getting into the story. I’m not against tiny female protagonists but have to work at getting to understand their perspective since for most story heroines I’m a giant – I’m 6 ft tall. (180 cm) With books where main female character is admired by her short height as a something to strive at I get put off and need a really good story to pull me in. Still waiting for it to happen with this book…

y648

189 out of 416 pages

The Annotated Hobbit: The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

by J.R.R. Tolkien, Douglas A. Anderson

I wanted to get back at tackling the BF challenge. The book from the challenge is actually Fellowship of the Ring but I went a little overboard this year with repeated watching of Hobbit and LOTR movies and decided to start with Hobbit. I might have overdone it a bit with the Annotated version and the footnotes are starting to be less wow and more tiresome. I will definitely be doing a review soon and let off some steam on all the issues I have with this book…

9780141439471

5 out of 273 pages

Frankenstein

by Mary Shelley

This is one of two books I’m reading for my RL book club in August. I’ve barely started the book but I’ve already watched a BBC Secret life of Books documentary on how it came to be. Promo for the video is HERE. I guess I’m getting into research mode for our group discussion.

11947156

10 out of 230 pages

Prince of Wolves (The Grey Wolves #1)

by Quinn Loftis

I was going trough my Kindle library one night and stumbled on this free ebook. I forgot I had it and I’ve seen some nice reviews on it. I started reading it a bit and decided to give it a go this August. It has been a while since I’ve read a good Kindle freebie. So far is very much YA material.

LittleElf-1

I’ve just realized that all the books I’m reading now are fantastical in theme. Coincidence?

I don’t think so! I’ve been exhausted by everyday stuff and little books out of this world are just what I wanted lately.