2019 Reading Challenge Update

I thought I was WAY behind on my reading goal of 60 books for the year, but now that I count up what I’ve read so far this year, it’s not as bad as I thought. Sixteen books read. And I’m not even including the romance novel I read…just saying. Check out what I’ve been reading here.

I don’t think I’ll get to 30 by July 1st – the halfway point – BUT I have a good excuse! The launch of The Field  and the Book Tour is keeping me VERY busy not to mention trying to do revisions on Indian Summer and Catalyst.

What are you reading? I’m always looking for recommendations. My Book Group is reading Where The Crawdads Sing for June and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve heard wonderful things about it!

TBR Pile

Return of the Thief by Meghan Whelan Turner – comes out in August. Conclusion to the series – can’t wait!

I’m in a scifi phase right now, so these are in the TBR pile:

The Forever War and Marsbound by Joe Haldeman

Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – YA

World Book Day and Release Day!!

It’s so fitting that The Field release date is on World Book Day! Reading and books are so important to me! Some of my favorite people are characters in a book.

A number of years ago I would celebrate World Book Day by delivering books donated by publishers to organizations in need. Here I am picking up books from Kids Ink Bookstore to deliver to Coburn Place, a battered women’s residential center. It was a Nora Roberts book – those ladies deserve a good romance!!

Unfortunately, the book giving program seems to have gone by the wayside. Sad because it was so fun to share my love of reading!

What will you do to celebrate World Book Day? Buy a copy of The Field!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

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The Field by Tracy Richardson

The Field

by Tracy Richardson

Giveaway ends March 02, 2019.

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Enter to win one of three signed Advance Review Copies of The Field!

Eric has a lot on his plate. Crazy dreams (or are they premonitions?) of a world on fire; an inexplicable connection to the new girl in school; a new supernatural awareness on the soccer field that is equal parts mystery and gift. Eric begins to question reality itself as more strange things unfold to shake his grasp on the world around him.

60 Books in 2019

According to the list I try to keep on this website I’ve read 30 books in 2018, but I know I’ve read more. There are at least 5 middle grade books that somehow didn’t get counted.

For 2019 I’ve set a goal of 60 books. That means I really have to keep track, and own up to every title even if it’s an embarrassing bodice ripper! Didn’t your teacher always say it didn’t matter what you read as long as you were reading?

What’s your reading goal for 2019? Do you have a favorite book of 2018? Mine is Firebrand by Kristen Britain.

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I Love Fiction!

I am a fanatical reader. You know how it is if you’re one too. I can’t go into a bookstore, library or even a drugstore, without wanting to buy more books! While I read a little of everything, fiction is my true love.

No automatic alt text available.   Seen in a London bookstore!

There are stacks of books on my bedside table and coffee table, in baskets and on shelves, that I’m currently reading or waiting to be chosen next. I get a little panicky if I finish a book and I don’t have another one waiting in the wings to start. If I’ve particularly loved a book or series, I’m often sad that its over and will go back to re-read sections before starting the next one.

The best way to read is a real book, but I also LOVE audiobooks. I spend a lot of time driving and doing creative projects while listening to books and my vivid imagination and the incredible talent of the audiobook’s reader/performer brings it all to life. I lost my e-reader several years ago and haven’t replaced it, but they can serve a purpose, too. Instant gratification if you purchase and download a new book.

I’ve recently discovered some FANTASTIC books that I’d like to share with you.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen  I know I’m late to the party here, but I’ve never read any of her novels! I was browsing at Half Priced books and saw a book by PD James, one of my favorite murder mystery writers that I hadn’t read – Death Comes to Pemberley. Of course I was dying to read it, but never having read about Elizabeth, Darcy and Pemberley, felt I had to read P&P first. It was delightful and now I have to read more of Miss Austen’s works. I’ve started the PD James novel and it doesn’t disappoint either!

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Green Rider Series by Kristen Britain  I LOVE these books! It’s a series of six fantasy novels and a novella about a young woman who against her own wishes is magically called into King Zachary of Sacaridia’s Green Rider messenger service. Beautifully written with amazing world building and complex characters and relationships, I recommend these books to all lovers of YA fantasy. I’ve been listening to them on audiobook and find myself wanting to continue listening after I leave the car. I’ll be very sad when I finish the series. I may have to buy them in paperback so I can go back and read select passages. 

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What new (or old as in my case) books have you discovered? I’d love to hear about them so I can add them to my list!

 

 

 

Books By The Banks ~ Cincinnati, Ohio

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Great day on Saturday at the Books By The Banks Book Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio!

 

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Met with lots of readers and shared a table with Mindee Arnett, author of Avalon and The Nightmare Affair (a YALSA Teen Top Ten nominee.)

Of course, I also bought books… here I am with Marc Brown, author of the Arthur Series and TV show that my children grew up watching.

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I’m buying books for my niece and nephew, the next generation of readers. So much fun!!

What I’m Reading

I usually have several books going at a time. One on audiobook, one on iBooks and one or two good, old-fashioned paper or hardcover books. Here’s what I’m reading at the moment.

Euphoria by Lily King

The Fiery Cross (Oulander Series) by Diana Gabaldon – I’m also watching the series on Starz. These books are over 1000 pages long, so they are taking up a lot of my reading time.

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Trilogy) by Leigh Bardugo – YA

The Smartest Kids in the World : And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley

Recently Finished

Just One Night by Gayle Forman – YA – This is a novella wrapping up the Just One Day and Just One Year series.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager and Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (I am VERY hooked on this series, obviously. Did I say that these books are VERY long?)

The Edge of Nowhere and The Edge of Water by Elizabeth George – YA

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – YA

 

 

People who don’t read

I am slightly suspicsious of ‘people who don’t read.’ Especially when they admit to it freely. It seems almost shameful; something that you would want to hide. But people often tell me – “Oh, I don’t read” – when I mention what I am currently reading. The first time it happened was when I asked the mother of one of my daughter’s friends in elementary school if she wanted to join my book group. She said “It sounds like fun, but I really don’t read.” I was frankly stunned speechless. It seemed almost paramount to admitting that she didn’t brush her teeth.

More recently, a friend told me that the last book she read was “Fifty Shades of Grey” (over a year ago) and that she’d only read that because of the hype. ?!?!? I want to be clear that these are nice, seemingly normal people, but they have a dark and dirty secret. Actually, no, it’s not a secret because they freely admit to it.

I am really sad for ‘people who don’t read’ because of everything that they are missing. I absolutely LOVE to read!! The best think about having an e-reader is that I am never without a book. My bookshelves are literally overflowing with books, but I’ve been know to get panicky if I finish a book and don’t have something at hand to read next. I am currently reading four books simultaneously. One hardcover, one on my iPad and two audio books. If I am driving and listening to an audiobook and am in a really good part, I’ve been known to sit in the parking lot of my destination and even be late for an appointment so I can listen to the story, And that is really the crux of why I love reading. It’s the magic of story.

Story can take you places and make you feel things you’ve never felt before. It can open you up to new thoughts and ideas. It can challenge you and also take away the cares of the day. Although I admit to being a yarn snob (read some of my craft blogs) I’m not a reading snob. I’ve read my share of bodice rippers and People magazines in addition to “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “A Farewell to Arms” and enjoyed them all for different reasons. So it doesn’t always have to be fiction, but it’s my favorite.

My current book group is small, but composed of avid readers. In my last group, some of the members wanted to take the summers off from reading because they wouldn’t have time….isn’t that when we are supposed to have more time? We just finished “The Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline. It’s a wonderful tear-jerker which also provided information on a part of US history that I wasn’t aware of. I listened to it on audiobook and if you’ve never listened to an audiobook, I highly recommend it. The readers are talented performers who use different voices for all the characters adding another dimension to the story. I’d love to hear what you’re reading. I may have to add your recommendation to the pile of books waiting under my bedside table to be opened and enjoyed.