I’d love to talk about what you are reading this year. I’ve always been an avid reader, sometimes reading more than 50 books a year. But since I started writing over twenty years ago, my reading has suffered (at least reading for pleasure). Of course, I’m always reading for research, I read as a freelance editor, and I read what I’m writing myself. But it’s a real treat to choose a book simply because I want to read it, or because someone recommended it to me.
Above is a list of the books I’ve read so far this year for Goodreads.com’s 2017 Reading Challenge. I am currently reading Rachel Hauck’s wonderful dual timeline novel, The Writing Desk. (I’m only about halfway through, but I cheated and listed it as “read” so it would show up in the photo. 😉 )
My list includes non-fiction books, one loaned to me by a friend from church (Born to Deliver), one my son shared with me (The Tears of My Soul) and one my daughter shared (The Magnolia Story). My list includes a favorite childhood book, The Village that Slept, which I got to read to my grandsons last month when they stayed with us for a week. What a treat!
The list also includes three novels that were sent to me by the publishers for endorsement or influencing. I really enjoyed each one: The Memory of You, If We Make It Home, and Beyond Justice by this blog’s own Cara Putman.
I read our own Tamera Alexander’s fantastic new novel, To Wager Her Heart (Tammy and I are writing critique partners), as well as an as yet unpublished novel that I edited and thoroughly enjoyed.
You’ll notice one of the books on my list is one I wrote…at least part of it. Well, I did read it. 🙂 But I also read and edited the other stories in the collection, Right Where We Belong.
And yes, the Bible is on my list. I read the Bible almost every day, but I confess I didn’t read the whole Bible this year. Still, Ken and I finished the Old Testament (on our third or fourth time through the Bible) so I thought that earned it a spot on the list.
I probably won’t make my goal of 25 books, but I hope to get close before the year is over.
Do you have as much time to read as you’d like? I’d love to hear about some of the books on your reading list for this year. How many books do you read each year, and what have been your favorites?