I read. A lot. Still not as much as I’d like, or as much as some other people. But quite a lot. And over the last few years, I’ve started keeping a list of the books I’ve read, just for my own interest. It also helps me see if I’ve read more or less than the previous year – and because I like things like that, it makes me happy. I just make a note of the title, author – there’s no further comment about it, unless I didn’t finish it, in which case I note that too, but I don’t go into the reasons.
This year I took part in the #20booksofsummer reading challenge. I didn’t quite make it (I think I got to 14 or 15 in the end), but as we had a heck of a summer, I’m still pretty pleased to have achieved that many. I never stressed on not ‘completing’ it – that’s not the point of any of these things. It’s not something you can fail at. It’s just something fun to take part in – if you do the set amount, great! If you don’t, well that’s great too. You probably still read more than you might have done, just because you had the challenge in your mind – I know I did.
So far this year I’ve read 38 books, plus two that I couldn’t finish. I will give a book a really good go – the last one I didn’t finish, I ended up reading a third of it but, by then, I still didn’t like the main character, or her views – it just wasn’t a book for me and there are so many others out there that I do want to read, that I learned a while ago, slogging through something you’re not enjoying is a waste of precious time. Having said that, I only think it fair to the author to give it a decent chance. Some books take a little while to get into, but then you can’t bear to put them down!
According to my list, last year I read 36 books in total, again with two that I couldn’t get through, so it looks like I’m up this year already, which is fun to know. Having said that, all of this has made little to no impact on my To Be Read pile as I endlessly add to that and have a bit of an addiction to the library. But hey, there are worst vices.
Do you keep track of the books you read, and if so, how? Do you make notes as to what you thought about them or just their titles and authors?