I don’t have hard goals for the number of books I want to read each year, because it’s more important to enjoy what I read than to plow through books to reach a certain number.
But I do like to check occasionally to see how many I’ve read so far, and it’s fun to stack books in a pile and take pictures of them. (I recently started a books-focused Instagram account if you’re interested.)
The above snapshot shows 15 books I read between Jan. 1 and March 31, minus library books and the manuscripts I edited. Titles are listed below, some with links to reviews, others with reviews coming.
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones and the Six (I also listened to the audiobook, which has a full cast)
Anthony Horowitz’s The Sentence Is Death
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Save Me from Dangerous Men by S. A. Lelchuk
The Secretary by Renee Knight
Call Me Evie by J. P. Pomare
The Better Sister by Alafair Burke
Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong
More Than Words by Jill Santopolo
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict
The Lost Night by Andrea Bartz
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
If She Wakes by Michael Koryta
Everything Is Just Fine by Brett Paesel
Some stats about the 15
Debut novels: 6
Books read entirely for pleasure, not work: 6
Authors new to me: 6
Female authors: 12
Author of color: 1
International authors: 6 (British 4, Australian 1, Canadian 1)
Hmm. Apparently I like doing things in even numbers and multiples of 6. I won’t do a hard analysis—what am I, a scientist?—but it’s good to see the number of female authors is high, that I’m open to authors I’ve never heard of, and don’t limit myself to American writers. Not patting myself on the back, though. I want to read more by writers of color.
What does your reading roundup look like for 2019 so far ?