I have been on a reading binge this year and it has been wonderful. Simply wonderful.
Yes, I have let other things go by the wayside at times so I could read but I don’t regret it.
Not a bit.
I keep track of my books on Goodreads and love being able to see what other readers think of certain books. If you have never checked it out I would encourage you to take a look. Just click here to go directly to Goodreads.
As for what I have read you can see what I have been up to below. The year is not done yet so I anticipate my total will be a bit higher by December 31st which just makes me smile.
I read 36,048 pages across 130 books
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it was amazing
Brilliant writing as always by Sean Dietrich. This novel based in the South shares the story of a poor family who manage to scrape by in a less than desirable way. Somehow they muddle through and exist in a time and place when life was difficult. Sean Dietrich is a master wordsmith and while I have read his non fiction work this was the first piece of fiction I have read by him. I was not disappointed. His words are descriptive and with each page …more
The fun thing about being an avid reader is being able to share the love of books with others. This year my family members will all receive a book that I picked out for each of them.
Awhile back I had a giveaway sponsored by Bedside Reading®. You can read all about this great program here.I love what they do with this program. Basically they put free books in luxury hotels for customers to take with them when they leave. How wonderful to check into a hotel and see a brand new stack of books on the nightstand. Jane Ubell Meyer, Founder and CEO, has graciously offered my readers another chance to win 5-7 brand new books in December and of course I could not say no to free books for my readers.
Today leave me a comment on this post and let me know what book you are reading right now. Your comment will officially enter you in the giveaway. You simply have to agree to share your mailing address with Bedside Reading®. if you win. I will pick a winner on December 18th, 2018. You can’t get a much easier giveaway than this one. Please feel free to share with your reading friends. Not only can you enter to win books here you can enter monthly at Midlife at the Oasis and on the Bedside Reading website.
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Well, how cool is this? So neat that we share interest in some of the same books. You’re ahead of me, though. I purchased quite a few books and am storing them for when I’ll have more time. Speaking of that, I just finished Elevation by Stephen King, and I loved it. The one before that was Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, which was great, but nothing like Stephen King can do. He is just so masterful with language, and I love his later work (I.e., the non-scary stuff!). So, I am now reading his Storm of the Century, which is a little more graphic than I’d like, but the setting of the story sounded intriguing. It is not nearly as good as the book about the Kennedy assination, nor Elevation. So I will opt for something lighter next. I have When the Crawdad Sings and a few others that you’ve posted here. I will need to check my list and trade notes with you!
I really do enjoy a variety of books and it is fun to track what I read. I shared a post not too long ago about my mom who kept a running log of books she has read since she was in her early twenties. Considering she just celebrated 89 years it was quite a tally of books. I got my love of books from my parents and am grateful for that. I love reading what everyone else is reading and sharing thoughts. I am listening to Eleanor Oliphant on Audible now.
Eleanor was good. It surprised me, too. Was Bring Me Back good? I have it in my pile at home. Currently reading Seven Husbands of Eleanor Hugo.
That’s wonderful that you’re such an avid reader: my late sister, June, was, too! There have been times in my life that I’ve enjoyed reading. But things just seem too busy right now. So, I’m leaving a comment, but please don’t include me in the giveaway!
Well aren’t you just the sweet person! Of course you have a lot going on –there is absolutely a lot to do in your life and I totally understand that. But honestly—I love that your sister was a reader and that that is something that you shared about her. I know her death was a huge loss and to know that I share something in common with her makes my heart happy. Thanks as always for stopping by. Trying to catch up on blogs and online stuff after our power outage! See you on your blog!
Well as usual I am reading several books at once. Professionally, The Gift of the Nutcracker. Personally, Almost Everything by Anne Lamott. Also, Fantastic Beasts, and The Girl with No Name.
Great choices!!!! Anything Anne Lamont is fabulous!
For me, there’s nothing more relaxing than sitting down with a hot cup of tea and a book. We have that in common, my friend. And we also have the same number of books read so far this year! Can you believe that? Right now I’m reading a Christmas novel that I picked up at a garage sale this fall entitled Christmas at Stoney Creek by Martha Rogers. I really need to follow your suggestion and put my list of books read on Goodreads instead of keeping a written list in a notebook. 🙂
Birds of a feather–that is us! Sounds like the perfect December read!
This is an incredible number of books you have read in one year. Wow. I am currently reading Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber. It’s a quick read, not my usual reading material. But with less time to read during this season, it’s ideal.
I have only read one of her books but I have several friends who read her religiously. I really need to up my game and get one of hers . Thanks for sharing!
100 things to do in Omaha before you die. Great title! I’m reading three books right now… Through A Glass Lightly – Confessions Of A Reluctant Water Drinker – From the London Library. Secondly Heat by Bill Buford & Bureau of Spies – The Secret Connection Between Espionage and Journalism in Washington – Steven T Usdin! Happy reading!
Josh–that one was written by blogger friends and it is a really great guide should you ever find yourself in Omaha! Lots of great food suggestions!
I love to read, but I can’t even imagine reading 130 books in one year. Or setting a goal of 110!!! I’ll have to go look at my numbers on Goodreads…I didn’t set a goal in 2018. Maybe I should for 2019!
Well that was interesting. I read 46 books, 45 the year before. How did you get all that info to transfer to your blog with pictures of the book? Did you go in and transfer each image individually?
I took screenshots and then edited the screenshots. Aren’t I sneaky???
Do it! Set it for 50 next year! That’s less than 1 a week.
Sounds like a plan!
I think so!
How cool to see all of your reading stats. I have been doing a lot better at reading this year too and I’m loving it! Right now I’m reading “Fly Away” by Kristin Hannah.
Fly Away is such a great book!!!!!
Audiobooks have changed my whole “reading” game. I still love “real” books, but audiobooks have allowed me to read in the car (safely and without wanting to throw up!) and while engaging in my other hobby. It’s been my best reading year ever! I currently have An American Marriage going via audiobook and a variety of others in progress via e- and paper versions.
Audiobooks are a great way to “read” and I have loved speeding them up thanks to your recommendation! Thanks for stopping by!
You’re having a wonderful reading year!! I’m SOOOO slow right now. I’m reading Michelle Obama’s Becoming, but also a few others. Yikes. Here’s hoping I finish at least one of them, I’m closing in on 60 books … I set a smaller goal this year.
I haven’t read Becoming yet but I am sure I will work my way to that one eventually. Thanks for stopping by!
I am not reading a book right now except my bible and devotionals. Sadly I am not a big reader. Thanks for the offer but it should go to some one who reads a lot.
Not everyone is a big reader and that is fine and dandy! Thanks for stopping by!
Wow. Wow. Wow. That’s a lot of books. I love that you read so much and enjoy it. One day I hope I will too. I recently finished reading This is how it always is by Laurie Frankel. Great story. Ive starting reading The divine secrets of the yaya sisterhood in fits and spurts and hope to finish it soon so I can dive into the second book of Nora Roberts new trilogy – waited a whole year for it. 🙂
There is a big difference in reading when someone is working and has a young family and when someone is not working and has only a husband at home!!!! i did not read nearly as much when I was in my 30s and 40’s but now I make it priority! Love the books you are reading!
It’s definitely starting to get a bit better with time for reading but not nearly as much as I’d like. 🙂
What a list! I’m supposed to read The Mothers by Monday Book Club so I’ve got to get going on that!
I haven’t read that one! Let me know how it is!!!
I’m reading “Forever” by Pete Hamill – it’s one of the 3 books I bought at the library sale when I was with you. The other 2 I couldn’t get through but I love this one. Love the way he writes but also love the story as it fits nicely into my favorite genre – historical fiction. Follows a child through his life starting in the early 1700’s in Ireland and ending in NYC in the 2000’s – yes you read that right! He has a very long life…..
I’m reading The Lake House by Kate Morton. I’ve been power reading the past week weeks and finally blew past my Goodreads goal for 2018.
Good for you! I think I read that one –have to go check. The name sounds really familiar and I am pretty sure I did. Thanks for stopping by, Kate!
Missed the giveaway, so I’m commenting for the cause…Currently reading: Septembers of Shiraz, by Dalia Sofer (intense, painful, informative, and full of faith). Recently read: Life Begins When the Kids Leave Home and the Dog Dies, by Barb Taub (very funny, published on Amazon, recommended to everyone but those with coughs or broken ribs); Don’t Call Me Doctor, by Jack Stallard (mildly funny, nostalgic, Southern Appalachian, sort of thing 1 sponsor wishes I could write, too bad I will never be a Good Old Boy); Such a Pretty Fat, by Jen Lancaster (funny, raunchy, could dwell longer on the pleasure of exercise). Book review posts can be expected…when I get the personal contact information out of my Paypal account so I can revive it. Will try to do more with Goodreads in the New Year.
Sorry you missed the giveaway but loved reading what you are reading and your take on things. It’s always fun to see what everyone else is reading.