I set a goal of reading 65 books this year. Between work, personal and health goings on, I’m pretty far behind sitting at 36 of the 65 books read as of Saturday evening. Not too shabby since it’s over 55% of the way there but still, I’m a little bummed because reading is an escape for me.
Last year I stopped reading heavy books, sad books, any book that has cancer or death mentioned in the first chapter. I stopped listening to the “must read,” lists for the most part and pick up books based upon the descriptions, friend recommendations and covers. I’ve also been trying to add more diverse views into my reading, so books written by someone of a culture or ethnicity than mine.
I’ve been reading totally guilt-free and loving it. Romances. Cozy mysteries. Young Adult. Women’s fiction. Missouri Gateway Award winners (local friends, check out this shelf at your local library! There are some great picks that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise).
One of the ways I’m getting my books lately is the Hoopla app. I *love* it. I can borrow up to 10 titles a month, 21 days each, from my library. (There are other options for tv shows, movies, and audiobooks, too!) It is a bit easier to use than OverDrive and so far I haven’t run into any titles being unavailable which is nice. Double bonus: they had the books by Susan M. Boyer featured for me to borrow, so I’m all caught up on the Liz Talbot series.
I will still use OverDrive on occasion, especially once I’ve hit my 10 title limit in a month, but I’m pretty sure I’m an avid Hoopla for life user, now.
Apart from the online component, I still love to hold a book in my hand. Library. Little Free Library. Books my friends send me/books from their shelves. The Barnes & Noble sale shelf.
Some of the favorites I’ve read lately:
- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. I’m late to this party by about three years but it’s a good, quick read. Highly recommend! I’m delighted to know the author has a new book coming out soon so hopefully it’s just as good.
- Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. This is billed as a YA novel but it’s a little bit heavier and deeper than some YA, dealing with death, love, bullying and sorting it all out.
- New York, Actually, by Sarah Morgan. Part of the From Manhattan with Love series, Morgan knocks it out of the park again with a love story that includes dogs, happy endings and a strong-willed female character.
- Lowcountry Book Club and Lowcountry Bonfire (books 5 and 6 in the Liz Tablot series) by Susan M. Boyer. There is something so fun and comforting about her mysteries and whodunnits. I can’t wait for the seventh book.
I have a mountain of a to -be-read pile and am always adding it to so while I don’t need any suggestions right now, if you have any fun ones, by all means, please share! And tell me, what’s your favorite way to get your books?