In my 2019 reading goals post, I said that one of the things that I wanted to commit to doing was writing more detailed thoughts on my favorite books I read each quarter. Why should we have to wait until the end of the year for me to write about my ultimate favorites? Here’s what I loved in Quarter One.
I’m finally up to date on book reviews! As you’ll see April was my best month yet for reading this year. I read seven books and luckily I enjoyed most of them. Here’s my thoughts!
Here’s the books that I read in March. One I loved, one I thought was pretty good, and one I thought was nuts.
Here’s what I read in February!
I read nine books in January! Two were while I was traveling and three were during the 24 in 48 readathon. I’m overall pretty pleased with my reading choices this month. All but one of those are books I acquired in the last few weeks, which is crazy (I spent a lot of money on books), and ironically the one I bought a few years ago was my least favorite. On to the books!
It’s a well established fact that I love reading challenges. I love the idea of getting myself to read outside my usual boundaries. Finishing reading challenges, however, is another story. I feel like my interest usually wanes a third of the way into the year, and then I forget about them entirely. That’s fine if it works for you, but I’m an enneagram 3 and I’m all about completing the goals. That’s why this year I’m going to focus on just one.
After not quite meeting my reading goals for 2018, I’m excited for a fresh start to set some new reading-related goals for this year! I’m hoping to read 100 books, read 60 books I own, and post quarterly reading updates.
I read 78 books in 2018, more than I’ve ever read before. Some books I loved, some I hated, and some were fine but forgettable. Today, I’m sharing the ones that have stuck with me. They may not be the best books of all time or ones that will win any literary awards, but here are ones I can’t stop thinking about and hope to reread one day.
For years I intended to read the Harry Potter series in its entirety but never quite got around to it. Truthfully, I’d usually get stuck on the first or second book. Those are the ones I’d read the most, and definitely the quickest reads, which is why it’s ironic that I’d get stuck there. I just didn’t want to read them for the 15th time, and I’d stop. But this year I kept going and pushed through, and it was totally worth it.
So it’s pretty clear I’m not gonna meet my reading goal for this year. To be honest, I’m surprisingly okay with it. 100 books in a year was an ambitious goal, and I hoped I’d meet it, but unless I want to read 24 books in the two weeks, it’s not happening. My hope for December is to read the last two Harry Potter books, and if I read anything extra on top of that, it’s great.