My 15 books in 15 weeks reading challenge ended last week, and I’m happy to report that I’ve not only met my goal, but actually forgot about it entirely and still ended up exceeded it! To recap, here are the 15(+) books I read in the past 15 weeks:
- Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
- When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins
- Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
- Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
- Maus II A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman
- Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
- Life and Death are Wearing Me Out by Mo Yan
- The God of Animals: A Novel by Aryn Kyle
- Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
- A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
- The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
- Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud
- The Books of Magic Part 1 by Neil Gaiman
- The Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
This is a pretty diverse list! It includes modern novels, non fiction, graphic novels, sci-fi, war tales…my tastes have been pretty varied these last few weeks! And I can pretty much say I’d recommend all of these books as a good read, depending on your individual tastes and whatever mood you may find yourself in.
One of the best things about this challenge has been realizing the power of my commute time. In the 45 min-1 hour I ride to and from work each day, I am able to do something productive, enriching, and engrossing. It’s been a great reminder to make the most of my minutes, and to make time for the hobbies I really enjoy. Like reading.
And, while I’ve really enjoyed this challenge (and the reminder to keep changing up my reading habits), I’m looking forward to its close. No, I’m not going to stop reading. I’m just looking forward to enjoying a more leisurely pace, and allowing each book to take the time it needs.
That being said, I’m now looking for recommendations! Tell me, have you read any good books lately?