My big, hairy, audacious reading goal for SOME DAY is to read 365 books in a year – one book a day! It has always felt like something that would happen later in life after kids and retirement. When setting goals, I want to make them somewhat realistic for the current time in my life.
So … my reading goal for 2023 is set to 250 books with a focus on reading more books from my personal library, because let’s be honest, owning over 600 books I haven’t read is getting a little overwhelming.
But something interesting and unplanned happened in January. I read 31 books! One book for every day of the month. Of course, I set my own rules which means this includes physical books, audio books, kindle books, shorter books, poetry, YA, etc.
The shortest book I read was 60 pages and it was more of a devotional that I found in the old classics my grandma handed down to me. The second shortest was 77 pages and it was poetry.
The longest book I read was 710 pages (Court by Tracy Wolff) but I started in 2022 on my kindle and finished it via audiobook. The runner-up was 667 pages, the classic The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky, which I listened to. I’m not sure I fully understood what was going on and it was definitely intense classical reading.
I never expected I would read 31 books in one month – a new record. And I definitely don’t feel like it’s sustainable for the rest of the year. However, I will keep pushing and trying to increase my reading in whatever shape or form I can find it.
A complete list of books read in January are below, but the top contenders for the month are:
- Lvoe by Atticus (poetry)
- Something Wilder by Christina Luren
- Every Summer After by Carley Fortune
- Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering
- Brighter By The Day by Robin Roberts
- Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier
And, a little selfish promotion, if you haven’t had a chance to pick up a copy of Samantha by W.B. Ford then now is the chance! It’s the perfect spicy read for February to keep you warm this winter.
BOOKS READ IN JANUARY:
|Old Babes in the Woods
|James Herriot’s Favorite Dog Stories
|Every Summer After
|W. B. Ford
|When We Were Bright and Beautiful
|Nobody Puts Romcoms In The Corner
|One Italian Summer
|The White Robin
|Things We Do In the Dark
|Tell Me Lies
|I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes
|Carol Higgins Clark
|A Time for Mercy
|Songs I Could Never Sing
|Brighter by the Day
|Salvation in Death
|The Littlest Library
|Diana, William, and Harry
|Long Live the Pumpkin Queen
|Mermaid of Sicily
What were you favorite reads for 2023? Want a full review of a specific book? Comment below and I’ll send you my full thoughts.
Happy reading, friends! <3
LAUREN (LT, Elle Tea)
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