Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Bookworm Goals - An Update

Last year, I set a goal for myself to read 75 books in the year. I fell behind late in the fall. I lost track of counting, and realized my error a couple days before December 31st. Rounding out the year with 72 books, I decided to tackle 75 for 2014.

Enter this book: 

Despite having the recommendation of my sister's 6th grade class, The Book Thief felt like wading through molasses. I liked his style of writing, but couldn't pin down why I wasn't enjoying the read. It wasn't a difficult selection, there was just nothing drawing me back.

When I finally finished it (after 2 whole months), I was put off reading for a while. While I have Divergent in my possession, I hesitate to read it. The recommendation came the same was as The Book Thief did. Everyone who reads it loves it. But what if I don't?

I'm very thankful to have access to 2 libraries - the local public library as well as my church library. While all too often "Christian" fiction is a genre made up of people who couldn't cut it in the secular world, there are a few authors I love. Terri Blackstock, Dee Henderson, and Ted Dekker each write books I devour when given the opportunity.

Recently, my mother found a couple of novels of theirs we have yet to read. Yesterday I was home sick (just the sniffles) and devoured not one, but two novels. I don't like characters and plots getting jumbled in my head, so I didn't start a third. But given that both were done before 4, I was bored the rest of the day. 

Even still, I'm a bit behind. I returned a Carl Hiassen to the library today and have Jane Green on deck next. Of course still in the pile from my last trip to the library is Sue Grafton. 

I've got plenty of vacation time built up (and a workaholic husband I can't convince to get away with me), so maybe I'll take several days off this summer to read by the pool. 

Any fast/light/enjoyable books recommendations for me?


  1. haaaaa. I have a goal to read 3 books this summer. That would be my first 3 of the year. I have one on my Kindle app, and I haven't finished it. I'm such a slacker. (Jane Green's newest book is on my list. I have it in my possession. I just haven't started it!)

  2. I like all the authors you listed too. Guess what I just finished reading though - the Divergent Series! I thought they were very good, but I also read the book thief and enjoyed it. Another good one is The Glass Castle. It's a true story of a girl who grew up in a pretty messed up home and how she works to make life better for herself.

  3. While it was well written, I had trouble getting through this book too. I decided it was because of the nature and time period of the book. Anything having to do with the Holocaust is heart heavy material. And after completing the book my heart stayed heavy.

  4. I liked that book ok, but it wasn't one I'd read again.

    Light reads...Lol, I haven't been reading light reads lately. (Also haven't been reading that much, ugh.) I want to hear your recommendations over mine, lol!

  5. wow! I just got back into reading & am moving my way through Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street Series --very light reads & I am loving them!

  6. I haven't been reading much these days, but I like the authors you mentioned. I need to see what new books have come out by them lately.