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2021 Reading Goals and Plans

I usually wait until mid to late January before posting my reading plans or goals. Mainly because I'm very optimistic about my superhuman capabilities during the start of a new year but much of that enthusiasm fades over the next couple of weeks. I tend to believe I can read more than ever but reality is usually closer to how much I averaged in previous years. So, to allow myself the opportunity to dream big and then plan well, I take the ambitious goals for a road test during the first couple of weeks of the year. If they still look achievable, great! If not, I will part ways with those that are a stretch.  The numbers I have an arbitrary number set in Goodreads for this year but it's not a number I will quote as I tend to change it often and it is intended to factor in the many picture books I read with my kids. But that said, there are three numbers I would like to improve this year (last year's stats in parentheses) - total number of pages read (approx. 11k), average n

What I'm reading now... (July 8, 2013)


Why do long weekends end so soon? I feel like I'm the hand trying to hold so much sand but it slips away faster anyway.

AttachmentsI'm still reading Colum McCann's Transatlantic. I think I'm about 25% in, but it's not the paciest book there is, so I'm expecting that I may be reading this one for one more week at least.

This weekend, I started reading Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. This book wasn't really on my radar but it was the perfect book to read in a car when there are people talking most of the time and a dog jumping on your lap all the time. I thought I may not like this one, but it's actually quite enjoyable so I'm looking forward to some good reading.

I finally finished listening to Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, which was an educational read but considering that it was published in 2008, not really containing as much new information as I had hoped to get.

What I'm excited about...


This week, I'm planning to start listening to Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts. Larson has been on my wishlist for a good long time and I'm finally getting around to reading (or rather, listening to) one of his books.  I had been looking for an audiobook of his The Devil in the White City, but got only this one instead.

What are you reading?

Comments

Shelleyrae said…
Attachments is fun, I hope you enjoy it

Have a great week!
Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
Ti Reed said…
Attachments has gotten some pretty good reviews. I loved Larson's Devil in the White City. There was a great documentary on it too which covers the actual events from that time.
Jennifer Hartling said…
I've been wanting to get to Attachments ever since I read Eleanor & Park. I hope you continue to enjoy it.


Ooooh, that Larson is a great read! The Devil in the White City is excellent too. I'm a history nerd :)
Kelly TheWellReadRedhead said…
I love In The Garden of Beasts, I can't wait to hear what you think! It made me want to read Devil in the White City ASAP.
bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
I loved Eleanor and Park so I really want to read Attachments now. I'll be watching for your review.
Sam_TinyLibrary said…
Ah, you decided to pick up Attachments after all then. Can't wait to see what you think of it :)
Athira / Aths said…
Thanks! It is fun so far!
Athira / Aths said…
Attachments is entertaining so far. I'm hoping to read the author's latest, Eleanor and Park soon after this. That looks pretty good too.
Athira / Aths said…
I didn't think of reading Attachments until I started reading all these reviews about Eleanor and Park. After this, I can't wait to read Eleanor and Park.
Athira / Aths said…
I will be starting In the Garden of Beasts tomorrow. I hope to get an audiobook of Devil in the White City soon after.
Athira / Aths said…
I've been intrigued by all these reviews of Eleanor and Park, so I figured I might as well read Attachments first.
Athira / Aths said…
Are you reading it too now? It is pretty entertaining.
Athira / Aths said…
I did! :) I can't wait to read Eleanor and Park after this.
Helen Murdoch said…
I enjoyed Attachments quite a bit and was also surprised. Enjoy!
I am. It's fantastic I think. I love the fun banter.
Tea Time with Marce said…
I picked Attachments up when in a reading slump, what a lovely fun read. Enjoy the week
Vasilly said…
Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor and Park is a pretty good read so since you're enjoying Attachments, I suggest you add E & P to your tbr list. Today I'm finishing up Lynda Barry's What it Is. Have a good week!
The Devil in the White City is probably my favorite non-fiction book ever. I haven't heard the audiobook, but I bet it would be great. I have a copy of In the Garden of Beasts, but haven't gotten to it yet. Looking forward to hearing what you think!
pattismith said…
My boss gave me In the Garden of Beasts to read...I need to get to it.