Reading in the New Year

unnamedAt the start of 2014, I set a goal for myself to read 50 books. Needless to say, I didn’t quite reach that goal between work, school, and (honestly) getting distracted by video games.  However, I did get halfway there. So I’d say I did pretty good.

Last year I read some really great books (The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin to name a few). On the flip side, I also read some pretty awful books some of which I had to force myself to read through. Thinking back to how many books I wanted to read, and how few I actually got through, I remember something that one of my professors said along the lines of “don’t waste your time on bad books”. You can only read so many books in your life time.

Last year, I only read ~25 books. That really isn’t a lot when you consider all that you want to read. When I pick up a book, I really want to finish it. (Completionist…) But I think I need to learn when to give up on a book and set it aside and when to truck on and see the book through.  I don’t want to waste my time on lackluster books that turn me off from reading but there are also many books that simply take a while to get off the ground.

In any case, I’ve set a more modest goal this year of 30 books.

Some of the books that I’m really excited to read this upcoming year are:

  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  • A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • The Hamlet by William Faulkner

Are there any books your looking forward to reading in the New Year? Have any reading suggestions? What are some of the worst books you’ve read this past year? Do you regret the time spent on them or are you glad you stuck through, just so it was completed?

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