The older I get, the older my kids get, the fewer books I read.
Consider it a function of work, their multiple activities, and the need for sleep.
When most people were in their "summer reading" frenzy, I was mourning the death of my father. I couldn't function for months.
This year I managed 42.
Once again, I followed a "bingo" reading format -- this doesn't not include all 42 books, but the books I finished from my bingo "card."
Here is the breakdown:
A book from the library: Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins
A book borrowed from a friend: The Bishop's Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison
A book by a British author: Frenchman's Creek by Daphne duMaurier
A book club book: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
A book with a proper name in the title: Serena by Ron Rash
A book about women's issues: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (WWII women's resistance)
A book that makes you LOL!: Yes Please by Amy Poehler (which wasn't very funny after all)
A book with an African author and/or continent: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain\
A book by an author you've never read: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
A biography: Strapless by Deborah Davis (about John Singer Sargent and "Madame X")
An award winner: Bomb by Steve Sheinkin (Newbery Honor award)
A WWII historical fiction: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
An e-book: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
A book about/with science: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
A classic: Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
A travel/exploration book: Dead Wake by Erik Larson (about the sinking of the Lusitania)
A book set in Paris: A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith
A new juvenile fiction: Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
Squares I didn't complete:
A book with a Red cover
A book published the year you were born
A new YA book
A religious book
A regency romance
A book by Anne Lamott
Missing the above makes me feel kinda silly. I mean, a book with a red cover or a YA book? How hard was that? Oh well.
My ultimate favorite this year: All the Light We Cannot See
Looking forward to exploring the vast number of books on my shelf, as well as newly published books this year!
Happy 2016 reading!