reading & writing, pt. 1

Back in December a few college friends were visiting and one mentioned that she was close to her goal of reading 100 books in 2013. Her comment sent me scanning my bookshelves and trying to add up how many I had read. I’m not sure of the exact number, but I know it was far below 100.

I’ve always been a big reader, but it’s a little hard to juggle a book and a sewing machine and other grad school work so the reading got pushed aside. Not only that, but I got into a terrible habit of not finishing books. Something I’ve never been guilty of much in the past.

This year I’m not setting a goal for a certain number, but I am trying to read more and to keep track of my thoughts on the books I’ve started/read/finished. I think this simple addition of writing what I think of what I’m reading has been a success. I’m not sure I would have read as much if it wasn’t for this simple practice.

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Thank you for the lovely notebook set, Jessica!

In January, I finished:

  • 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith – I love her.
  • The Moonstone – I have never fought so hard to finish any book in my life!
  • The Sibyl in Her Grave by Sarah Caudwell – A new favorite author right here!
  • Elizabeth and Her German Garden – Enjoyable. A perfect book for lovers of gardens and gentility.

I started:

  • The New York Trilogy – A collection of three stories. I’ve finished the first.
  • The Wes Anderson Collection – Wonderful. I’m reading it in doses because it has so much information.
  • Jane Austin: A Life – My favorite book so far this year.

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Once I finish the Jane Austin biography I’m planning to get into the Katherine Hepburn autobiography I got for Christmas.

One Response

  1. Last year I had a terrible habit of not finishing books, either! Great idea to keep track of what you’re reading. I have the Elizabeth and Her German Garden on my must-read list. (Lovely notebook!)

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