Monthly Reading Update – January 2018 Edition

Monthly Reading Tracker

Hello Readers!

At the start of January I had set out to read three books. The three books I had planned on reading were:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling – In just one short week I will be heading to Universal Studios to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Because I didn’t have a chance to read the series in its entirety (like I planned) last year, with the start of January I said to myself “Nicole, you have to at least read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”. I read the first book a few years back, and while I (vaguely) remember it, I wanted to read at least one more book in the series as to have a better understanding of the world, so that I wouldn’t be completely confused (and not be a complete poser) while at Universal Studios.

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy – I added this to my January to read list because it’s one that I’ve wanted to read since I first met Julie Murphy. After reading Dumplin’ I’m convinced that I will love Murphy’s debut just as much as beloved Dumplin’.

A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan – You don’t know this yet (a post about this will be going live tomorrow) I want to  step outside of my reading comfort zone and read more adult books.  Not knowing where to start I stumbled upon this while browsing Amazon. It sounded like a book I wanted to read. So I quickly added it to my list.

Three books may not seem like a lot to you, but for me it is a definite challenge. I have terrible time management skills, don’t necessarily have the longest commute, and honestly am not always in the mood to read when I get home from a long day of work.

But this month, I read  three and a half books plus eleven picture books for my weekly storytime programming at work. In total I read thirteen and a half books!

I decided to put off reading Side Effects May Vary and A Visit From the Good Squad so that I can continue reading Harry Potter. To date (when this post is live) I have currently read:

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • and I am halfway through Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Not only have I surpassed my monthly goal, but I also found a new (to me, after all it is my first time read Harry Potter) series that I absolutely love. Speaking of love – I am thinking about posting a series of reaction posts to the Harry Potter books. Would that be something you’d like to see/read here? If so, please comment below.

Like I said before three books is a challenge for me. I am a slow reader, but I have found a solution – one that I really wish I thought of sooner. Because I drive to and from work I cannot read my current book. However, I can listen. While I am at home, I have my physical copies of the book(s) I am reading, but for my commute (which is upwards of 30 minutes) I also have the audiobook. I alternate between the two and have found that, not only does it help me read more, but it helps me understand what is going on in the story (and sometimes as an added bonus the audio version helps bring the story to life).

Because I count everything I read, this month I also read a total of eleven picture books. They were:

  • The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo by Laura Murray
  • Bear Loves Ben by David McPhail
  • Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T. Smith
  • Catch that Cookie by Hallie Durand
  • Red Riding Hood by James Marshall
  • Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz
  • Pretty Salma by Niki Daly
  • The Library Gingerbread Man by Dotti Enderle
  • Perfect Apple’s Bad Day by Edward Hemingway
  • Who Needs a Bath by Jeff Mack
  • Carrot and Pea: An Unlikely Friendship by Morag Hood

With that said, let’s get into my February goals.

I am hoping to read four books in February. I am hoping to finish the remaining books in the Harry Potter series. The books I still need to finish are:

  • Half of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows

Besides them, I also hope to read:

  • Side Effects May Vary 

And still, I’m sure I’ll be reading several more picture books.