For my reading pledge results from the first quarter, CLICK HERE.
So, I’ve managed another 23 books in this second quarter, exactly the same as the first quarter – so I’m pretty much on target to hit my 100 books this year … IF I keep this steady pace up. (I don’t think I should have any major issues, as in August I always read WAAAAY more, especially as I go on holiday with no WiFi for a week!).
If you recall, my reading pledge this year was to read at least five:
- Writers of colour
- Classic literary titles (or modern prize-winners, i.e. Pulitzer)
- Non fiction titles
- Fiction titles that aren’t crime, mystery or thriller (or classics, prize-winners or non-fiction!)
- PLUS: a crime/subgenre I’ve never tried before
I never have a ‘prescribed’ reading list — the above has to fit in with what I fancy at the time as well. So I gather books with the above in mind, but I don’t force myself … I don’t believe reading should ever feel like a chore, so I tend to do a lucky dip on my TBR. So, if I like the look of something, I will read it!
So, this is what’s happened since the end of March:
I don’t believe I’ve read any writers of colour in this quarter (though I could be wrong, I don’t know the race of every writer listed since Hidden Figures on my Goodreads reading challenge. That said, I have plenty more on my TBR and read four in the first quarter, so I feel confident I should hit this target in my pledge in 2017 very soon.
As far as classics go, this is similarly a bit pants. I’ve only managed We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson and that’s very short (I LOVED it though!).
I have managed two books that aren’t crime or classics, though: Beneath The Skin by Kyla Stone and Flux by Marissa Farrar – both YA titles.
The good news is, I’ve SMASHED my non fiction target in this quarter alone – I’ve read 5 non fiction titles: Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test; Twenty First Century Horror Films by Douglas Keesey; Jaws In Space: Powerful Pitching For TV And Film by Charles Harris; How I Sold 80,000 Books by Alinka Rutowska; and The 6 Month Novel Writing Plan by Caitlyn Jans. I love books about psychology and writing, so I daresay I will read a stack more non fiction titles before the end of the year!
For my results from my reading pledge for the first quarter, CLICK HERE.