Saturday, January 22, 2011

2011 reading goal

I know it's not too far in to the new year, but I've kicking all kinds of booty on my goal of reading 50 books in 2011. I've already finished seven books and am in the middle of two more.

I read somewhere recently about the average number of books Americans read in a year. Pretty sure that number was seven. Interesting, no? Before I became a writer I very rarely read, and if I did it was purely non-fiction. Starting my novel made me acutely aware that in order to be any sort of writer, I'd have to "turn in to" a reader. And turn in to a reader I have.

When I first started reading again I stuck to the same genre that I was writing in-- young adult. Young adult fiction is so much fun to read and I've had a blast over the past over almost year absorbing myself in it, but I wanted to branch out a little bit over the past few weeks.

This year I've read everything from my usual fluffy teen novel to an amazing autobiography to an adult fiction best-seller to, inexplicably, two novels about kidnapped women who gave birth in captivity (I swear I knew nothing about either of these books before I started them! But they were both good).

I've also jumped in to the wee bit scary territory of audio books. While perusing an agent's blog this week I discovered and decided to give it a try. It's a monthly service depending on what level you purchase, you get a certain amount of audio books every month. I downloaded the application for my android phone and have begun listening to How to be an American Housewife, mostly while exercising. A year ago you probably couldn't have paid me a million dollars to not only walk outside in crappy Seattle winter weather but to listen to an audio book at the same time-- BUT! Oh wow, it's really fun. How lovely to get lost in a story while walking. I've tried listening at bedtime but I quickly figured out that it's hard to follow the story when you start drifting off to sleep.

Anyways, if you're in to audio books, or just want to try it, check out that link.

If you want to see what I've been reading, check out THIS link!

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