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v ([personal profile] violetcities) wrote2017-04-09 11:37 am

Reading goals update

Why not.

Read 50 books: I've read 21 books so far so I'm well ahead, but I knew that. 50 is a pretty safe goal for me.

Read bigger books: Going okay, I read one book over 600 pages, two over 500 and one over 400. And I'm currently reading The Lord of the Rings, which has over 1,100 pages.

Read more non-fiction: Fail. I've read three memoirs and one of Russell's football books, which wasn't exactly what I had in mind when I said non-fiction.

Read more physical books: Definitely doing this and pleased with it. Out of 21 books 13 were physical copies, four ebooks, four audiobooks.

Read more books that I know I'll enjoy: I think I'm doing this? I've had a couple of 2-star reads already, but they were books I picked up thinking I'll like them, so... I'm not sure. I'm trying to read whatever I'm in the mood for.

Read more classics: I've read Jane Eyre and really liked it. I guess I've also read a couple that are considered modern classics, like In Cold Blood?

Read books I've had for a long time: Not really got around to this yet. I went through my Amazon order history, found out which books I've had the longest and tried to push them to the top of the priority list, but I'll have to see what I'm in the mood for.

Read two French books: I read a big chunk of Harry Potter when I had to do a lot of waiting the other day and now I've got less than 100 pages left, which is great.

Out of the more book-specific goals I set myself I have checked off two and a half, I read The Master and Margarita, the first Cormoran Strike book (loved both), and I also read The Hobbit and am currently reading LotR. I have yet to start the next Agatha Christie book, because I kind of realised that once I've read them that's it, I know what happens, it will never feel the same way again. So I might try and save them a bit more instead of ploughing through the series.

Something that wasn't a goal but is a really fun thing I'm doing now is use the library. Unfortunately they have a really tiny selection of foreign language books, but I decided it would be a great opportunity to try some German and German-speaking authors, because I don't really know what I like. I know a lot of classics but hardly anything contemporary. The first book I picked was the winner of last year's German Book Prize and it was a huge disappointment. But since I didn't spend any money on it that's perfectly fine.

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