I’ve had a good batch of reading so far this year (I know the year is young….). While I don’t typically do Reading Challenges because I’m stubborn, and don’t like being told what to do, I did decide to broaden my reading horizons by reading more non-fiction, and authors I haven’t read before. I sometimes get overwhelmed seeing all the books in the world that I want to read (and all the ones yet to be released) while knowing that I most likely will not live to be 250 years old. If SciFi is real, and paranormal beings do exist, I would be willing to become a vampire just to have unlimited reading time. I’m already as translucent and sun-repellant as it gets, can’t get a tan if I try, so having more time to read seems only beneficial.
As a side note, my reading goal for the year is the same as last year, because I barely made my goal last year. My lovely daughter, going through a particularly wounding teenage moment, informed me that she was “disappointed in me” for ONLY reading 133 books last year, as she “expected more”, and hopes that I do better this year. She also suggested I update my reading goal to a book a day to reflect an actual challenge that would make me push myself. *sigh* Who is this child? Does she know other people who read 7 books a week on the regular? I can’t even tell her that I read 21 books in January. Most people would say, “Wow, that’s cool!”, or something else, like my husband, who says, “You aren’t normal!”, but if I told HER, she would probably say, “Really, Mom? 21? You had 31 days. What did you do with your time?” I can’t deal with hot flashes AND that kind of negativity in my life, so I’m not going to tell her that I’m happy to have read 21 books and that GoodReads tells me I’m ahead of schedule on my meager goal for the year. My emotional wounds aside, here are my January books:
- The Black Book by James Patterson
- Wave by Sonali Derangiyagala (review on blog)
- Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner
- Very Good Lives by J. K. Rowling
- The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
- The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
- Year One by Nora Roberts
- The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian (review on blog)
- Matagorda by Louis L’amour
- Lando by Louis L’amour
- Silver Canyon by Louis L’amour
- The Sackett Brand by Louis L’amour
- Utah Blaine by Louis L’amour
- The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardener
- 113 Minutes by James Patterson
- The Crooked Staircase (ARC) by Dean Koontz
- Helium by Rudy Francisco
Three of my twenty-one books were non-fiction, which in terms of percentages, isn’t much, 14%, but a bigger percentage than I typically read in NF vs Fiction I think. #4 was a re-read, but it has been about six years, so there were details I didn’t remember, and I loved it as much as the first time I read it. The books by Lisa Gardner are second and third of a series I started in late 2017, and #8 is a book I got for Christmas, first in a new series by Dean Koontz, and boy was it good! I got the second one from the library and was fortunate enough to get the third one as an ARC, as it doesn’t release until May.
My mom called one evening, and as my family is full of readers and book lovers, we talked books, then specifically Louis L’amour books. She had some duplicates in her collection and wanted to know if I was missing any she could send to me. The more we talked and reminisced about his stories, the more I felt the urge to reread a few of them, which started me on a short burst of westerns.
Somehow in all my reading through high school and college, I never read Fahrenheit 451, so I got that done, and finished the month with my third non-fiction of the year, a poetry book called “Helium”. Y’all. Have you read this? If not, you should. I LOVE IT. I saw a FaceBook clip of Rudy Francisco doing a live reading of one of his poems, and it moved me. His words are like a paintbrush of emotions. Incredible. I knew his book was coming out, and I could hardly wait. I stalked my library, I stalked my library’s book buyer, then stalked the “processing” section of the library books, and I may be the first person in town to have checked out this book. I think I’ve read it through three times, and read some poems five or six times each. I’ve sent them to friends, I’ve posted them, I’ve tagged Rudy on his FB page, all but offered to have his kids (because that’s weird, and I’m married). He’s amazing, you should watch him, listen to him, read him. You can find his FaceBook page at RudyFranciscopoetry. He’s touring, you can follow his events or watch clips of him reading. You should check it out.
All in all, I’m pleased with my January reading, and am looking forward to all the wonderful books coming my way in February!!! I’d love to see/hear about what you’re reading, and what your favorite January books were.
Books Read In January
This is a poem from the book, “Helium” by Rudy Francisco.
“Good Morning” by Rudy Francisco
Here is a link to Rudy Francisco speaking about “Complainers” – just fair warning – this brought me to tears. Maybe it’s just me and those darn hot flashes…
Rudy Francisco – Complainers