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Reading List Update


My aim for 2013 was to read at least one book every month – which means that I should have read nearly 6 books by now. It may seem like an easily accomplished goal, but reading books had become a challenge for me. Working 9 hours a day really takes it out of you, especially if you have a blog to maintain, family and friends to see and a post-work life. The good news is, I am not far from my goal of 6 books in 6 months.

My Reading Wish List for 2013 was ambitious, however I have tried to keep up with it as much as possible. I finished Catching Fire and Mockingjay from The Hunger Games series early in the year – these books gave me hope that I could actually read a book within a week. After that I attempted to read The Marriage Plot, which turned out to be an epic fail since the book could not catch my interest enough to continue reading it. So halfway through I gave up – then I excitedly started on The Lost Symbol, which gave me too much stress and anxiety that I soon gave up on that as well. I love Dan Brown and I wanted to be sucked into the whole suspense, but my reading time is limited to 20-30 minutes a day and I couldn’t relax after reading that book – way too much suspense!

After these two books, I was a bit apprehensive about starting my 5th book. Fortunately, it was much shorter and more interesting than the previous 2. The Great Gatsby was done and dusted in 2 weeks (yes – I know that is a lot of time for a novella!) and I really enjoyed it. The whole reading experience was great, despite my speed.

Now I am officially on my 6th book, and I can honestly say that it is a good book. I’m almost done with The Perks of Being a Wallflower and will be writing a review soon. Next on my list is The Time Traveler’s Wife, which I heard is really great. So that is my mini-update on the books I’ve been reading. How about you? Do you ever struggle to find time to read, or is it just me? Share you thoughts, and any good book suggestions in your comments!


8 thoughts on “Reading List Update

  1. You are SO good! I have this awful habit of starting books & never finishing them. My bedside table has an insane number of books on it right now! I need to finish The Diet Cure & The Peaceful Warrior to I can get to Now, Discover Your Strengths, After Visiting Friends, and Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers. I alternate between Health & Fitness books and other topics. 🙂


    • It is really hard sometimes to keep up with it – but I have to force myself to read. I studied English Literature at university so reading is pretty standard for me, but work and life has made me lazy in the reading department.


  2. Finally! I thought being stressed after a heavy book was hinting at my lack of… something. Intellect, maybe. But, thanks to this post, that thought shall never agonize me anymore. Those are a lovely set of books to read one after the other. I have wanted to read Perks since some of my friends started quoting from it on Facebook.
    When you have a lot of time to spare, Dan Brown is your man, I was reading “Inferno” and shall resume when my exams get over. That book made me fall in love with Italy.
    Have you read books by Phillipa Gregory? If not, I suggest you do. They may not be lighthearted, but not heavy and anxiety-inducing either. If you start, you would not want to stop. And her books are not fiction, but appear to be, from the way they are written.

    Anyway, ciao. Happy reading. 🙂


    • Perks is really good – surprisingly good. I thought I wouldn’t like it as much because it’s about being in high school… but the topics it touches on are those that are universal. I can’t wait to read Dan Brown again, because his books are really intriguing.
      I haven’t actually read any books by Phillipa Gregory, but I will definitely look into it since a lot of people have suggested her novels to me. Thanks for that! 🙂


  3. I study English Literature so I am constantly reading for my degree but I NEVER have time to read books that I want to read. Since finishing for summer I have read two from my MASSIVE collection of unread books and I should manage to finish my third. I have set an ambitious goal to read twenty books of my choice before returning to uni in October…as well as doing my reading for my MA! We will have to see how that one goes…


  4. Managing to read a book between college, studies, exams and a blog is definitely hard. I took a reading oath too, that I’d complete atleast 3 books during my 3 months holiday. Little did I know that having so much free time would be far worse than staying under pressure. But somehow I completed Les Miserables, Coma and Abduction by Robin Cook. I still have lots of books in my shelves to be read. And I read Perks a few months back. The book is absolutely beautiful. I’m still waiting to lay my hands on Inferno. Did you read “And the Mountains Echoed” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini? If not, you should definitely read them. And in my free time, I keep going back to Nora Roberts! She is simply amazing! 🙂


    • I haven’t had a chance to read ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ yet, but it is definitely on my list. it is all about making the time and effort to read books, because without them we are unable to explore the world through imagination. Keep up your reading Ashley! 🙂


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