This is a continuation of the first “On the Subject of Reading” post I did a few months back. I thought I could do part 3 in December, when I’m done with the challenge. The purpose of this challenge isn’t to see how many books I can read in a year but I thought it would be a great way to examine my reading habits.
I’ve continued to read more e-books versus print books. To be honest, I don’t really have a preference but e-books are a lot easier to read because you don’t have to go out of your way to get to a bookstore. This time around, I decided to calculate how much money I’ve spent on books this year.
While adding up the numbers, I realized that I’ve almost never borrowed a book from the library. I usually go to the bookstore or buy an e-book from the Amazon or Barnes and Noble online store. I also only calculated the books I’ve completed. This means that books I haven’t started yet aren’t included in the total amount spent. So really, I’ve spent about $500 dollars just on books this year!
One thing I realized is that I’ve never given a book one star before and also, I rarely give a book five stars. I also realized that ratings are subjective. Just because I thought a book was five stars, doesn’t mean you will think the book would be rated 5 stars. Surprisingly, I rated Dating-ish by Penny Reid five stars, even though I hardly remember what the book was about.
Books I’ve Rated 5 Stars
- One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
- Dating-ish by Penny Reid
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
I’ve written a post about The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which can be read here. Before I started the challenge, I would always only read fantasy/paranormal books. I, for some odd reason, had a bias against other books of other genres being enjoyable. The book written by Sherman Alexie was really eye opening and I was able to relate to the book to a personal level.
I was even able to go see Sherman Alexie this year and he’s super hilarious! If he’s ever in your area, I highly recommend going to one of his events.
Another book that surprised me was The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. Although the book can be classified as Young Adult, it’s also historical fiction. So good! If you haven’t read this one yet, I highly recommend this one as well!
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
Other revelations I’ve had (so far) while doing this challenge is the amount of books I’ve read that has POC (people of color) or minorities in them. Even though I’ve read 68 books, I realized out of 68 of those books, 11 featured a main character that was POC or had a main character that was a minority.
And at least 7 of those books are comic books/issues.
For books I wasn’t able to finish – The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen is one of them. However, I did hear that the later books get really good so I want to try re-reading it! But sometimes it’s really hard to finish a book when you’re so annoyed by the main character :/
After reviewing my reading habits about two thirds into the year, I’ve made the following reading goals for myself. I want to –
- Read more books with POC/minority main characters
- Check out more books at the library (instead of spending money)
- Finish at least one book I DNFed
- Read a book from a genre I haven’t read from yet
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