Reading as fast as I can

Every now and again, I go into a reading mania. I love reading, but often I experience a kind of distress that I can’t read as much as I would like to. And no, in case you haven’t heard, most librarians do not get to read while they are at work (but if you know of a place that allows that, seriously let me know…especially if they are hiring) Especially in my line of work, I see so many wonderful books come across my path each day and I know that I will never be able to read them all…but I can try. In the past week, I’ve read:

  • The Oracle Year by Charles Soule- my review will post Monday
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (part of my Popsugar challenge this year, a book that I meant to get to in 2017 but didn’t)
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • Ban This Book by Alan Gratz (a middle grade children’s book that was unexpectedly fabulous and also fulfilled part of my Popsugar challenge, a book that was mentioned in another book)
  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (how did I not know about this series that came out in the early 2000s? I heard about this one on a BookRiot All The Books podcast and I have already checked out the next 2 books in the series from the library.)

All of that, plus I went to mt library’s Friends of the Library Book Sale and rounded up a mess of fabulous looking paperbacks, including one that is a romance centered around the general manager of a phone sex company called Call Girls and that same company’s new programmer (Something to Talk About b Dakota Cassidy). It will be a new series for me, but books with a wild and crazy premise are a delight to read sometimes. I also get a little thrill from thinking of the scandal it would cause if I recommended a book like this at work.

Image features a selection of paperback books, 24 in total, that I bought at my library's Friends of the Library Book Sale
FOL Book Sale haul

Trying to get through as many books as possible is a lofty goal that many people undertake. The popularity of the Goodreads Annual Reading Challenge is evidence of this. This is the first year that I have actively participated in the challenge (as well as the Popsugar and Read Harder Challenges at work). At first I set myself the goal of 52 books this year. It seemed lofty when I started out because I had been in a little bit of a reading slump at the end of 2017, but as my love for reading reignited, I updated the goal to 100, but I will probably be pushing that even farther to really challenge myself. I have to say, it’s way better than challenging myself at the gym or trying to pay off my student loan debt.

Up next on my TBR pile:

Small Country by Gael Faye

What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

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Wicked by Gregory Maguire (Popsugar challenge)

Interested in the Popsugar challenge? Check it out here. It’s a fun way to expand your literary reach and find new authors and genres.

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