I’ve been using Goodreads to keep track of the books I’ve read, the books I want to read, my favorite books, and the books I am currently reading. I’ve always kept a running list of the books I want to read someday, and Goodreads has been a fun way to keep track; you can see how your friends rated different books (between 0 and 5 stars), and you can set reading challenges for yourself, which is what I did this year.
My goal for this year is to read 52 books – on average, a book each week. For the past few weeks, I’ve been in kind of a reading slump; it happens to me from time to time. I start a book and can’t get into it, and then start another, and another. Recently, the books I’ve been carrying around with me haven’t really been “page-turners.” I’ve been reading about play therapy (Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship, by Gary Landredth) and mindfulness (Wherever You Go There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn), which are both wonderful, but I haven’t had a novel to read, a story that I can’t wait to dive back into at the end of each work day.
Until this week! I just started reading The Girl On The Train, by Paula Hawkins, and I love it so far; it’s one of those books that makes me wish I could read while driving and not just when I’m stopped at red lights. (I mean, I don’t do that, ever.)
The Books I’ve Read During 2015 – so far!
22. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
20. Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
19. Tiny Beautiful Things, by Cheryl Strayed
18. Better Than Before, by Gretchen Rubin
17. Funny Girl, by Nick Hornby
16. Stern Men, by Elizabeth Gilbert
15. The Boston Girl, by Anita Diamant
14. Women Who Think Too Much, by Susan Nolen-Hoeksema
13. The Children Act, by Ian McEwan
12. We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart
11. The Fever, by Meghan Abbott
10. Missing You, by Harlan Coben
9. The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman
8. Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng
7. Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
6. Her, by Harriet Lane
4. The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
3. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan
2. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin
1. The Book of Strange New Things, by Michael Faber