Yesterday afternoon I finished Dani Shapiro’s delightful collection of essays on writing … and covered my Bingo card. I then spent the next two plus hours updating everything I’d read since early July on Goodreads (you can see all the details on my 2019 Summer Book Bingo shelf here) and that used up the time I’d allotted for a blog post. It was probably just as good I didn’t get to share this update yesterday, because I’ve had time to compile a few statistics:
11 paperback/hardback, 7 Kindle, 7 audio
18 borrowed, 5 bought, 2 owned already
12 fiction, 9 non-fiction, 4 memoir
14 4★, 6 5★, 4 3★ 1 2★
I haven’t compared these stats to my overall reading for 2019, but it feels like I’m reading more overall and probably more non-fiction, and for sure enjoying what I’m reading a lot more.
…and now it’s Thursday, and I have Three Things (bonus that it’s always fun to join in with Carole and crew):
Thing One. Having a plan isn’t important. I read organically, choosing books as they came along, or arrived after a long hold wait at the library. Some of the books I read this summer didn’t fit on my card and it was ok.
Thing Two. All of my favorites were non-fiction/memoir. I’m still searching for that 5-star fiction book this year.
Thing Three. I’ve re-discovered my love of holding a book. especially a book I own and can mark up to my heart’s content (I’ve recently purchased a wax highlighter and I love it. immensely) Holding a book forces me to slow down and focus completely on the reading (ok, maybe with a little snack, but only finger food).
…and a fourth: Goodreads is really clunky for keeping up with my reading. I started (thank you Bonny for the suggestion!) keeping noes on index cards and it’s working quite well. Also, flipping through that pile of cards, each one a 4×6 record of time I spent with a book, makes me happy!
According to my official 2019 Book Bingo rules, you have until midnight on Monday, September 2 to finish your books. That’s more than four whole days … and plenty of time to start and finish or simply finish one or maybe two last books. Summer reading should be fun and I’m wishing all of you a great last hurrah! #2019SummerBookBingo