If you read the title of this post, I’m sure you’re wondering how I could possibly share a reading update – even just a little over three months into the year – with only three things. Well – I’m only going to share three images 😉.
Image one – tracking the only reading goal I made for the year – to buy fewer books.
That 13% is just five books – three were definitely impulse (must keep reading) purchases, but two were for Lent – one for my daily devotion and one for my small group (I always buy those books). I’d like to see the blue “pie” get a little bigger – likely at the expense of the red, but honestly, I’m ok with where I’m at.
Image two – tracking the book format.
When I shared my January update, the Audio percent was the same (yeah, I know, that does seem weird, but I think it’s right!) but the real book percent was higher (17%). Since then, I finished 28 more books and only four were real books. I’m tracking this because I’m curious … I’m not surprised I read more with my ears than my eyes, but now I’m wondering about what kind of books are better to listen vs. read (I’d love to hear what you think!) … and how about the segue into
Image three – my year-to-date favorites.
I curate this shelf pretty closely because I like to keep it to no more than 12-14 titles (that’s about 15% of what I read). It’s not just 5-star books. and a book that I shelve here early on might not make the cut come December. Only two of those books are audio (the first two in the Scarlett Women series I talked about in January) and I rated both of them four stars (in other words they weren’t great, but I enjoyed them immensely). Eleanor’s biography (blogged here) and Interrupting Silence were real books I read with my small group. and the others I read on my Kindle (four borrowed, one bought this year – Gentleman in Moscow, which I bought last year on audio and wanted to read this time).
Hummmm…. in years past, I know I’ve listened to plenty of 5-star books. This year, I’m enjoying reading them. and I LOVE to read on Kindle because it’s easy to highlight, easy to read and eat (or knit … since no hands required and only one finger to turn the page) and easy to navigate (x-ray! dictionary!). like I said … hummmmm….
All that said – and especially considering that favorites shelf, I think the year is off to an OK start. I’d like to improve the quality (year-to-date, I’m averaging just over 3.5 stars and I’d like that to be closer to 4) and keep an eye on those top two charts.
Summer Bingo will be starting next month (!!) and that always adds a bit of spice – and FUN! – to the mix.
If you read this far, thank you! I would love to hear your thoughts on reading with your eyes vs. ears. or maybe what book you think should turn up next on my favorites shelf.
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