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10 Books to Read: Update

If you’ve been following my GoodReads account (which I doubt but you know), you’d probably know what this post is going to contain. An update of 10 Books to Read, a list (and video lol) of 10 books I meant to read in 2015. Published in April, this list contains pretty manageable reads, so you’d think I’d be done by now, November.

As it turns out, I’ve only finished reading one. One. A single, solitary book. To my credit, it’s probably one of the more “weird,” hard to follow ones on the list, but how depressing is that?

To refresh your memory, the list is as follows:

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien*
  2. The Giver, Lois Lowry
  3. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  4. The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood
  5. The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell
  6. A Lover’s Discourse, Roland Barthes
  7. Words for Art: Criticism, History, Theory, Practice, Barry Schwabsky*
  8. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert (trans. by Lydia Davis)
  9. S., J.J. Abrams & Doug Dorst
  10. House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski

I managed to read S., which was pretty amazing, by the way. I’ve also started on The Giver and Words For Art, though the former is proving to be a little difficult as my copy looks like it’s been to the depths of hell, and the latter is a bit difficult to digest in one go, because I’ve lost my attention span.

In any case, I plan on finishing up both by the end of the month… and then I’d want to read at least 3 more from this list, barring everything else I’ve started on. I usually set my yearly reading goal at 52 books, optimistic that I can finish at least one book per week. However, I haven’t really been very intentional in reaching that goal, so even though I’ve had pretty nice reading spells, I do go weeks and months on end without cracking open a book.

I’m currently at 21 finished books, and in the middle of reading 13 (which is another story). My GoodReads tracker is saying I’m 22 books behind schedule and I’ve got 2 months left to read 31 more books. Is it a bit of wishful thinking on my part, the belief that I’ll reach my reading goal this year? Possibly.

I’m going to try, though, and hope that it all works out.