In 2014, I did my first reading challenge. It was the first time I'd ever kept track of what I was reading during the course of a year; I went with 40 books as a nice, round number and had a lot of fun reading so much. Not to mention that reading is the best way to improve your writing as well.
This year, I upped the number of books I intend to have read by year's end to 42. I have to say that I began reading two other books during this time and didn't get much beyond 5% into either of them. So, I'm not feeling obliged to plow through something I can't get into. But Grand Central, the most recent book I finished, is a short story anthology and it makes me want to read other short story anthologies--or maybe force my writing friends into writing one with me. Or at least practice writing short.
I've finished the first ten of a hopeful forty-two! Here's my list:
1. On Gold Mountain: The Hundred-Year Odyssey of my Chinese-American Family by Lisa See.
Non-fiction/ History/Family history/Chinese/Chinese-American. 4 stars. Review
2. Half Life (Russell's Attic #2) by SL Huang. Science-fiction/Fantasy/Spec fic. 5 stars. Review.
3. The Insecure Writer's Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond by Alex J. Cavanaugh et al.
Reference/Craft/Writing. 5 stars. Review.
4. A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander #6) by Diana Gabaldon. Historical fiction/Fantasy. 4 stars.
5. An Echo in the Bone (Outlander #7) by Diana Gabaldon. Historical fiction/Fantasy. 4 stars.
6. Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander #8) by Diana Gabaldon. Historical fiction/Fantasy. 4 stars. Review.
7. The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (The Smythe-Smith Quartet #4) by Julia Quinn. Historical romance. 3 stars.
8. Longbourn by Jo Baker. Historical fiction/Romance/Regency/Inspired by Jane Austen. 4 stars. Review.
9. Her Highland Fling: A Novella by Jennifer McQuiston. Historical romance/Victorian/Scotland. 2 stars.
10. Grand Central: Original Postwar Stories of Love and Reunion by Melanie Benjamin, Kristina McMorris, Jenna Blum, Sarah Jio, Alyson Richman, Karen White. Anthology/Short Stories/World War Two/Historical Fiction. Review.
What's everyone else reading?