I established in my last post that one of my New Year’s resolutions for 2020 is to read every day. We are currently 12 days into the new year, and I have been able to stick to it! Only 354 days to go (yup it’s a leap year this year.) I have actually already read five books this year. Two within the first four days of the year… oops.
When I first got a Kindle, back in college, thank you to my brother! I loaded it up with a bunch of cheap YA books I found via Bookbub. Honestly, a lot of them are trash books, but I got them either for free or for 0.99¢-$1.99, don’t @ me. My current goal is to read all of them so that I don’t waste them, even though they were super cheap, and then move on to the books I actually want to read. For some reason, if I have a book, I have to read it. Even if I don’t enjoy it… the only book I abandoned partway through was the Fifty Shades of Gray series. I actually read the first one, got about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way through the second one before I started skimming, and straight-up skimmed the entire third one. Sorry… I wanted to know what happened but couldn’t bear to actually read it. That reminds me, I am so one of those people that will sometimes read the last page of a book before I get to it.
Anyways, a quick little blurb about Bookbub. I know I said a lot of the books I have from them on my Kindle are trash, but that’s more my fault. I did a whole lot of judging a book by its cover and just downloaded without reading what the book was actually about… This website is actually pretty cool because they ask you a few questions about your reading habits and interests (favorite genres, authors, etc.) and then send you curated ebook deals based on your answers.
Last year, I went a solid 4-6 months without picking up a single book. I got sucked into work and was just so tired I didn’t even want to read on the train. Now that I have gotten back into reading every day, I am seriously wondering what I possibly could have done to kill 4 hours a day commuting if I wasn’t reading… My 2020 Goodreads challenge is to read 55 books. Considering I managed to squeak out 51 books having gone almost half the year without reading at all, I think I can make this happen.
I am currently reading The Goldfinch, which for me, has been five years in the making now. No joke, I started this book in the summer of 2015 during a college job. I worked at a country club and some days were very slow so we could read (such an amazing perk.) Anyway, that particular summer, I was also working the pool, which was never slow, so I wasn’t able to get into the book. Fast forward to the fall of 2019, I picked it back up. I started it from the beginning because I had only read 25 pages the first time. I powered through about half of the book and, in October, put it back down until a couple of weeks ago when I picked it back up AGAIN. At this very moment, I have about 40 pages left. (You can do it, Jackie!)
I don’t know what it is about this book, but it is taking me forever to read. It’s not even a bad book, it’s just very, very long. As in 784 pages long. Not even the longest book I have ever read, but my god does this book go on and on at some points. I feel like you could cut it in half and still get the point across. Don’t get me wrong, a good chunk of this book is riveting, but a large portion in the middle of the book is so slow you really have to commit and power through.
Since I have a physical copy of this book, I have decided not to lug it back and forth to Boston with me, and my back thanks me, although this is probably why it is taking so long to read. For my train ride, I will read whatever I have on my Kindle (right now it is One Of Us Is Lying) and read The Goldfinch at night and on the weekends.