Reading Update – would you read my book reviews?

By Wednesday, April 25, 2012

It’s been a while since I posted about my 2012 reading challenge. Since the year is almost a third over (crazy, I know!), I thought it would be a good time to blog about my progress.

Book Club picks

As you may recall, this is the second year I have set a reading challenge for myself. Last year, it was my goal to read 24 books (two books per month). I didn’t hit my target, but I read 19 awesome books (you can read about them here).

I have a bad habit of buying books and letting them sit on my shelves without reading them, so this year I decided to choose 12 books I already owned and make it my challenge to read all of them. They include a variety of novels – some I have owned for 10 years, some that have been recommended to me, classics I have been dying to read my whole life, and a couple novels I am halfway through, but have yet to finish.

We are four months into the year, and so far this challenge is going really well.  I have read five of the books (seven to go).

Goal for 2012: Read every book on this list (12 books):

  1. The Birth House – Ami McKay
  2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
  3. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
  4. A Spot of Bother – Mark Haddon
  5. The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough
  6. The Shack – Paul Young
  7. The Postmistress – Sarah Blake
  8. For One More Day – Mitch Albom
  9. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
  10. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  11. The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
  12. One Day – David Nicholls

I think this is pretty good progress considering there are eight months left in the year. Technically, I am ahead of schedule. I typically read one book from this list and my book club book each month, so two books per month. For an update on what books we’ve been reading in Julia’s “Unputdownable” Book Club, check out this page, which I update regularly.

Now for a fun and exciting idea – recently, I posted about how I am considering some changes to my blog and how I’d like to eventually be posting about all things domestic – gardening, home improvement and other hobbies like reading (in addition to food/cooking).

It dawned on me that I should probably be doing book reviews on my blog. I talk about what I’ve read with my friends, my boss, my family and My Other Half, so why not share with the blog too? But before I start reviewing, I wanted to get my readers’ feedback first – would you be interested in reading my reviews of books, so long as I don’t spoil them?

Comment below and let me know!

  • Bookish Hobbit
    April 25, 2012

    I would definitely read them if there were no spoilers included. I hate coming across reviews of books I’m interested in only to find spoilers are rearing their ugly heads!

  • Wendy
    April 26, 2012

    I would love to read your reviews Julia. Sure do recommend The Book Thief as Marcus Zusak is Australian and I saw him 2 years ago at Adelaide Book Week. It is a super book.

    • kentjulia
      April 26, 2012

      I think I’ll start reviewing some! At least the ones I’ve read this year. I am reading The Book Thief next!

  • sharon
    April 27, 2012

    Sounds great! But keep up the cooking/baking.

    • kentjulia
      May 2, 2012

      Don’t worry Sharon, I definitely will!

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