Like many of you, in January each year, I turn to Goodreads and list my reading goals. After picking a total count of books to read, you then check off books as they are completed. Sounds simple right?
It is now March April (yikes!) and I’ve found that things get dicey without a plan. I’ve got three bookshelves full of to-be-read delights screaming “me first.” Each day, the Kindle snickers at me and winks when Amazon’s e-mails lure me to buy more. Book lovers know the happily vicious cycle as the TBR list grows and grows.
My goal for the year = 26 books
Books read to date = 1
Books behind schedule = 5
I swear I saw my Kindle doing some Beyoncé “Drunk in Love” gyrations to mock me.
Not willing to admit defeat, I’ve decided to put a more concrete plan in place to not only reach the reading goal, but to also tackle books that have been lingering in the wings. I’ve read a bounty of book reading challenges, so I’ve morphed categories from a few and made a list of titles to tackle versus having the full list continue to be a failing free for all.
Book Re-Reads (2)
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
Carrie by Stephen King
“Literary” Novels (2)
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
New Adult (2)
Wait for You by J. Lynn
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Local Author (1)
You Cannoli Die Once by Shelley Costa
I’ve been lucky to get to know Shelley via our local Sisters in Crime chapter. Hers is a great story in perseverance and commitment to craft. The path to this exciting debut novel covered years with Shelley working in the publishing industry, earning her doctorate in English, building a career publishing short stories and being willing to tweak the location of her series to find a successful niche. The extra joy is that her debut is now nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel by Malice Domestic. Squee! Basil Instinct is book two of Shelley’s Italian Restaurant Cozy Mystery series and it launches in June.
Shout out to Donald Ray Pollock and Lisa and Laura Roecker, later on the list, who are Ohio writers I’ve also met. Get to know and support writers in your community!
Writing Craft (1)
Characters, Emotions & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective Viewpoints by Nancy Kress
Published in 2014 (1)
To be determined
2013 Hits (2)
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Wool by Hugh Howey
Wild Cards (4)
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Divergent by Veronica Roth – This is my one done.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Been On the Shelf Over a Year (11)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Warmest December by Bernice McFadden
The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
The Passage by Justin Cronin – I started this, but admit to being stuck. Interesting, but dense and slow getting into it.
The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
Under the Dome by Stephen King
The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker
Wendy Williams Experience by Wendy Williams
Pariah by Bob Fingerman
Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson
How are you doing towards reading goal for the year? Are you participating in any challenges? Any books that have been a slow start for you?