At the end of December 2014, I decided I needed to read more books—especially fiction. I’ve seen it suggested several times this is what fiction writers should be doing (besides writing). Over the past several years, I’d practically given up reading fiction in favor of nonfiction, particularly anything to do with genealogy and history and my career in archaeology/anthropology.
From the time I learned to read and up through my early 40s (when I started grad school), I read all the time. I loved losing myself in a story, suspending my reality for a little while.
When I made my reading goal for 2015, I thought I’d better make it easy on myself. I wasn’t sure how much time I’d make for reading. I figured I could probably read 15 books by December 31. That’s little over a book a month, but a lot more than the number of books I read last year.
I looked at my list today. I’ve read nine books so far: seven fiction and two nonfiction. I’ve started six others. (I usually have more than one book going at a time, but six?!) I promised myself I’d read the books I’d already downloaded to the Kindle app on my tablet. Well, most of those are nonfiction and have to do with writing and indy publishing. So I “had” to buy more fiction to read, and I’ve checked one book out from the library. (I miss going to the library to peruse the shelves.)
Here’s my reading list in no particular order:
Lantern in the Mist by Liliana Shelbrook (Book 1)
Inheritance by Victoria Wilcox (Book 1 in the Doc Holliday trilogy)
Moving Day by Jonathan Stone
Day of the Vikings by J. F. Penn
Take Off Your Pants by Libbie Hawker (Nonfiction)
Peony in Love by Lisa See
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (Nonfiction)
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Book 1 in the Outlander series)
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (Book 2 in the Outlander series)
The Slaves Have Names by Andrea Cumbo-Floyd (Nonfiction)
Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran (Nonfiction)
Time Pebbles by Jerry Merritt
Gone West by Victoria Wilcox (Book 2 in the Doc Holliday trilogy)
Your Life as Art by Robert Fritz (Nonfiction)
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon (Book 3 in the Outlander series)
I got a bit of a slow start early in the year, but reading is becoming more of a habit now. If I would just finish up the six I’ve started, I’ll meet my goal early! But I won’t stop at 15. I’ll keep reading.