Halfway. How is that even possible? But because that is indeed the case, and this is supposed to be a book blog, I though I'd share a few reflections on my 2018 reading.
- Compared to last year, the numbers are down. I've only read 23 books, but that's still fairly close to my one book per week average.
- I'm not reading as much nonfiction - only 26% as compared to nearly 50% last year.
- Female authors comprise 75% of my reading this year. It's usually about half.
- I've spent much more time in my "comfort zone" - reading favorite authors (Anne Tyler, Anna Quindlen, Frances Mayes, Meg Wolitzer, Laura Lippman) and literary fiction.
- What happened to classics? I've read a grand total of two - one Trollope and one Henry James.
Probably not much. I seem to be reading more for comfort these days (what a world!) and will likely continue to do that... at least through the summer.
- I would like to finish Trollope's Palliser novels this year - two more to go, The Prime Minister and The Dukes Children.
- I want to read more nonfiction this summer and fall. Nonfiction November is coming!
Keep it simple; keep it real.
2018 Midyear Favorites
(in no particular order)
Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes
The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman
Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Sunburn by Laura Lippman
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
A read/listen combination, the audio version is excellent
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
Forty Autumns: A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall by Nina Willner, narrated by Cassandra Campbell
What are your favorite books so far this year? Have you made a list?