I realise that it's not quite the end of the year (being at the beginning of December) but quite frankly I'm not sure today is going to be my day. I can feel the migraine coming on through my neck and it's been an all around fucker of a morning. My jeans ripped, I didn't sleep well and I dropped an eye shadow palette all over my carpeted floor.
So I decided to do something less intensive (mentally) than a book review.
So I thought instead I'd discuss my yearly reading goal, which I kept tract of on Goodreads, which books I'm currently reading and which books I've just finished. Thrilling stuff!
I had originally started the year with a goal of keeping track of the diversity (race, gender, country of origin) of my books, age level, when published and by whom it was published. I did that for about a month and gave it up. I can't even say it's because I have a crazy life, I just forgot. Also, I realised I need to up my excel level...it was harder than I thought to create or even modify a bookish spreadsheet to my want. Yikes.
So whatever, lets start with Goodreads. I ended up using the website for the fifth year in the row to track my reading challenge. This year I lowered my numbers to 200 books read. As much I as I love the library, I eschewed it in order to make a huge dent in my books at home. I took them all out of the bookshelves a year and a half ago to determine (the slowest Konmari ever) if I wanted to keep them. I've managed to donate and sell quite a few books I don't wish to keep anymore and am only keeping the books that bring me "joy" (3.5*+). I figured anything that was read beyond the 200 was just gravy. The years before I read 250 or 260 books so this has been an easier year for me.
I had planned to tackle some thicker books but I keep having slumps so I didn't get to as many thicker books as I had wanted. I also looked at my "year in books" to get the numbers crunched (as of today). I did read/re-read some doozys, including Homer's Iliad, Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth, and Haruki Murakami's Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. I also read some newer books (Peter Ritchie's Where No Shadows Fall) and some older books (Kingsley Amis' Lucky Jim). Some of my most new exciting reads (at least to me) was Skip Hollandsworth's The Midnight Assassin, Liz Nugent's Lying In Wait, and Darren O'Sullivan's Closer Than You Think.
I'm currently reading five books mainly. I tend to read multiple books at once, especially if one is hard to read or depressing. For the most part I switch between and put up/pick up easily. I fully realise this is probably odd. Two are re-reads (also part of a series).
Not to go all in on Harry Potter in Scots (I'm going all in) but here are three videos below, two with excerpts (with actual Scots language being spoken) and the third a more in depth look at the book. Harry Potter has been translated into several languages which is so cool as you can read it while learning a new language. A written excerpt from Chapter One, or truly, Chaipter Ane, can be found on Itcy Coo.