After the first of the year, I saw a Facebook page where readers talked about taking on a reading challenge. Some determined they could read sixty to one hundred books in 2022. I went, yikes! That’s a whole lotta books to read in one year.
I belong to a book club where we read a book a month. That’s twelve. I read other books, but honestly, I don’t count them. I don’t even keep track of which ones I read. I just read.
I love submerging myself in a book and feeling great when I’m through. I read to discover a great story, a character to fall in love with, a character’s growth. I like happy endings. I like the mystery solved.
Do you keep track and count how many books you read in a year?
Fiction vs. Non-fiction
Do you only read fiction books? I mostly do; however, a few non-fictions find themselves in the book club pile, like biographies. I’ve been diving into World War Two books, a lot of them about female spies. I finished one about Cary Grant (oh, so handsome) and, most recently, another about Bette Davis. They were long and filled with facts. Took me forever, but I finished.
Do you read non-fiction books?
Are Literary Books Your Thing?
I’ll answer this one right away – can be a no. Early in book club, we read the latest and greatest literary books. One was touted on Oprah. We hated that book. All the characters were miserable all the time, and we saw little character growth. Another book I didn’t even finish, and I always finish every book I start, but not that one. Book club set up a third category entitled Classics. For example, we will be reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned in March. I’ve read The Great Gatsby THREE times and won’t be revisiting it again. Maybe never.
Are classics considered literary books?
Bestsellers and/or the Unknown
Do you only read books written by best-selling authors? I would have said yes a long time ago, especially in mystery and romance. With the advent of self-publishing, many authors publish their books. I have found really great writers who the top publishers would have never published. It’s almost scary to think there are greats out there who might have been missed. And if I have enjoyed the book, I tell friends.
Have you discovered new authors who aren’t on the NYTimes best-selling list?
How about taking a dive into my romantic comedy mysteries for laughs, romance, and full of possibilities:
Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/temporarily-out-of-luck-vicki-batman/1138678100?ean=2940162304227/
Barnes and Noble Paperback: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/temporarily-out-of-luck-vicki-batman/1138678100?ean=9781509233373/
The Book Depository Paperback: https://www.bookdepository.com/Temporarily-Out-Of-Luck-Vicki-Batman/9781509233373/
BAM! Books-A-Million Paperback: https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Temporarily-Out-Luck/Vicki-Batman/9781509233373/
Waterstones Paperback: https://www.waterstones.com/book/temporarily-out-of-luck/vicki-batman/9781509233373/
-This story will have you laughing half the time and holding your breath the other half. I wish Hattie Cooks was my best friend. That’s why this book gets five ***** stars.
– I loved this book because the characters are so well written. It’s funny, full of mystery and love.