A New Year of Reading

It’s been a few months since I’ve written in this blog.  Obviously, I realize people aren’t waiting with bated breath to read my opinion of books.  Heck, I’ll bet my Facebook friends don’t even care to know what I had for lunch today.  Anyway, I began this blog just for the fun of occasionally writing about books. It is fun and I only post infrequently, so I’ve reached that goal.

I’ll start with comments on my Goodreads account.  I use it mainly to read about books I may be interested in, though I have posted a few short reviews.  A few days ago I received an e-mail from Goodreads, listing the books that I read in 2015 and the number of pages.  Amazing!  I wonder if they also know the number of words?  Better yet, which words were 1, 2 and 3 syllables, etc.  Most of my reading is done through LibriVox, Gutenberg, or old books we own, so I rarely bother to post my opinion of those books to Goodreads.

I read very few current best sellers and have not read “Go Set a Watchman” yet.  I suppose I will someday, though it is not on my “must read” list.  Heck, I don’t have a “must read” list.  That sounds too much like work – I prefer “want to read”.  While I don’t have any particular books currently in mind, I’ve decided that this year I’ll read at least one or two books by John Steinbeck.  Although I like his writing, it’s probably been more than 35 years since I’ve read any of his books.  I recently realized that I’ve never read any novels by James Fennimore Cooper, which is odd since I’m a fan of “old” books.  So this year I’ll turn to LibriVox for a good, old listen to a good, old novel by Cooper – possibly “The Last of the Mohicans”.

Speaking of Native American stories and history, I recently finished “The Exiles of Florida.”  I discovered this rather fascinating  story of a not-shining moment of American history through my “50 States 50 Stories” project.  Finding fiction and non-fiction books and stories for each state was interesting and rewarding.  Perhaps I’ll find a similar reading project for 2016.

I know there are many more reading projects waiting for me during this new year.  As for tonight, I plan to end the evening by relaxing with and finishing a very pleasant little book, “The Ponder Heart” by Eudora Welty.  It’s one of those books I’ve had on my “fixin’ to read” list for some time.  I’m glad I’ve finally gotten to it, as it’s a great way to start out the new year.

And for those who care, I had chili for lunch.



One thought on “A New Year of Reading

  1. I know what you mean — ” Anyway, I began this blog just for the fun of occasionally writing about books.” I haven’t posted much in awhile either. But neither of us is doing this as a regular job — “just for Fun” will end up meaning “occasionally, when the fit is on me”.

    Been a lot of years since I last read any Steinbeck or Cooper myself. Now your mention of them has made me think of dusting off a few volumes of those writers. Thanks for the nudge!

    May your new year of reading prove to be a happy one!


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