I love tracking my reading. In some super nerdy way, it gives me a great deal of satisfaction. Sometimes, I just list the books I finished each month, sometimes I list how much I read each day, sometimes I just make lists of things I want to read that month, sometimes I make grand plans on how to improve my reading habits. This is one of those times.
99% of the time, when I fill out my monthly reads, I have read between 3-6 books, and only about 3 are what I’m going to call “novel-size” for lack of a better word. “Novel-size” for me is a non-graphic novel, over 200 pages. Not that it’s important how many books I read that fit this criteria, but for the hell of it, I’d like to challenge myself in October. First, an overview:
January – Finished 7 books, 3 novel-size
February – Finished 6 books, 4 novel-size
March – Finished 3 books, 1 novel-size
April – Finished 4 books, 2 novel-size
May – Finished 6 books, 3 novel-size
June – Finished 5 books, 4 novel-size
July – Finished 5 books, 2 novel-size
August – Finished 5 books, 3 novel-size
So, for October, I plan to read six, yes SIX, novel-size books. October may be my absolute favourite reading month, because fall is finally settling in and it’s perfect reading weather! Like I mentioned in my last post, my fall candle has been acquired and now it’s time to get cozy, go to bed early and read all the eerie things I’ve been hold off on until this exact time.
I have a ton of things I could read, but I think the key to success will be variety. Here are a few of the books I think have potential for making October my first 6 novel-sized book month! As you can see, I’m in a Daphne Du Maurier state of mind.. I was also lucky enough to get an advanced copy of a book coming next year called The Nest. Dysfunctional family drama with some humour and lots of heart? Right up my alley! Also, isn’t the cover for Slasher Girls & Monster Boys horrifying?! It’s sitting on my desk as I write this and freaking me out.
To achieve this, I would need to average a book ever 5 days. This sounds nearly impossible for my slower reading pace, but I do love the challenge. I think I’ll do a little weekly update post and throw in some fun weekly news as we go. Wish me luck!