Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Book A Week

... that's roughly how much I read.  I listen sporadically to a bookish podcast and one episode was on how readers keep track of books they have read.  WHAT?  Keep track?  Blogging about them was my only way before, but I was inspired to start a notebook (a pretty map notebook with grid lined paper that I've been saving for something special for years) to keep it all in one place.  Some people have spreadsheets.  Crazy.  I'm just jotting down authors and books.  No ratings or summaries.  We'll see if it's ever useful for anything.  I do wish I had lists from when I was a kid / teenager, so who knows.

So far in 2017 I have read:

The English Assassin (Daniel Silva)
Drums of Autumn (Diana Gabaldom)
Place of Hiding (Elizabeth George)

which were all comfort reads - I knew the author / series and stocked up on what I knew would be good for the holidays.

Then -

The Language of Flowers (Vanessa Diffenbaugh)
Everyone Brave is Forgiven (Chris Cleve)
One in a Million Boy (Monica Wood)
Special Topics in Calamity Physics (Marisha Pessl)

which were all new authors and recommended reads.  Flowers was a bit hard emotionally (foster girl who outgrew the system) but beautiful.  Brave is a good WWII read.  Million was great.  Physics was a bit odd, somewhat crude, but an entertaining mystery.

Paris for One & Other Stories (Jojo Moyes)  
The Tresspasser (Tana French)

were again familiar good authors, found browsing the shelves because I had nothing requested.  I was excited for the French one because it wasn't even in the system when I had tried to request it before.

The Gods of Gotham (Lyndsay Faye)

was also found while browsing the shelves - she had a book on my list of recommended ones; it was not there but I tried this & loved it.  New York, when the first police department was set up.  There is one book before it that I want to find now.

Happy Reading!  ...And Recording??  Do you keep track of what you read?  How?