Every year since 2007 I have challenged myself to read 50 books in 365 days, and each year I have fallen short of that goal. In 2012, I decided to dramatically reduce that goal to 10, and I’m happy to report that I ended up reading 28 books. Not only did I feel like I actually achieved something, but I also found a few new favorite titles. You can see 2012′s reading progress here, here, and here.
My goal for 2013 is to read 20 books, and I think I’m going to surpass it. Now here is where it gets tricky. I have a hard time counting comic books toward my goal. However, if it’s a collection of issues (a volume) then I feel better about using it. Thanks to that exception, I’ve completed 16 books and it’s only April.
In four months I’ve read:
1. American Vampire (volume 4)
2-3. Iron Man: Extremis — I also read The Invincible Iron Man which pales in comparison to Extremis. If you’re an Iron Man fan, I definitely recommend the former.
4-11. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 8) — This picks up where the TV show left off. However, it strayed from the Buffy we all know and love and as a result, I have a love/hate relationship with this series. It gets a little outrageous a few volumes in, but it was so great to see my favorite characters again. It’s been too long, Whedon. Too long.
12. Frozen Heat by Richard Castle — This is the fourth installment in the Castle books. If you don’t already know, when Castle puts out a book in the TV show, it’s actually published. The books are like longer versions of episodes, so if you enjoy the show, you’ll dig the novels.
13. Does This Mean You’ll See Me Naked? by Robert D. Webster — In this, the author shares “entertaining and quirky stories gleaned from a life lived around death.” As someone considering a career in mortuary science, this was a must-read. Beyond that, it definitely piqued my morbid curiosity. He does a good job of portraying a dark, almost taboo topic in a really lighthearted way.
14. Why Can’t I Be You? by Allie Larkin — This is a fantastic read, and I’m not just saying that because Allie is a blogger pal of mine. She creates characters that are easy to relate to, which also made it hard to put the book down. After only a few chapters, I already wanted to cry, kick someone, laugh, and hug a stranger. If you loved her first book, Stay, then I promise you’ll love this one as well.
15-16. Deja Dead and Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs — These are the first two books in Reichs’ series, which inspired the TV show Bones. I’ve been meaning to read these for years and I’m finally getting around to it now. Much like the show, the books follow a forensic anthropologist and her team. Reichs has a habit of getting too wordy in areas (resulting in me skimming some pages), but the stories are addictive. Like the show? You’ll dig the books.
Having just wrapped up #16, I’m going to start Buffy the Vampire Slayer season nine this week. Only two volumes are out currently, but the third is due in May I believe. I also have the third Reichs book on hold at the library (there are several). I’m also really looking forward to the third Veronica Roth book, which comes out later this fall.
Recently I told the manfriend that we don’t have any happy books in our collection. I think I need to mix in some lighthearted reads this spring. Suggestions welcome!