In December, I thought a lot about what my Goodreads goal would be for 2020. I decided on 500 books, which would be roughly a book and a half a day. For this quarter, however, I am at just about three books a day. As it is mid-April at the time of this blog post, I was considering raising my goal. Due to life being uncertain I thought I would wait until the end of June to see if I keep up this pace.
One thing that I do each month is to participate in certain challenges. This has opened me up to reading genres I normally have no interest in. Also, I am a series fanatic and focus on quite a few series each month. In this quarter I have been able to complete a few longer series, namely the Leslie Meier Lucy Stone and the Iris Johansen Eve Duncan series. I am still reading the J. D. Robb In Death series.
Other thank the terrific J. D. Robb books, the standout books in January would definitely be You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, The Wives by Tarryn Fisher, the tear-jerker A Million Dreams by Dani Atkins and Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten
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My favorite February reads would be Quicksand by Iris Johansen, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, Becoming by Michelle Obama, The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, the outstanding Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, of course the several J. D. Robb In Death books I was able to read, A Dog's Hope by Casey Wilson, the incredibly touching books by Patricia Davids, An Amish Wife for Christmas, Shelter From the Storm and The Amish Teacher's Dilemma. Photos of You by Tammy Robinson was excellent, although I cried the whole way through. The two Karin Slaughter books were amazing, Last Breath and The Good Daughter.
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For March all of the Iris Johansen Eve Duncan books were top-notch. Also I loved The Honey Don't List by Christina Lauren, Fearless Girl by Emma Tallon, Aurora Rising by Aimee Kauffman and Jay Kristoff, the eerie The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor, more wonderful J. D. Robb In Death books, and the re-read of Sandra Brown's Mirror Image. That one was especially great because it was a buddy read and we discussed it by reading it in three parts and then analyzing it before moving on to the next part.
So, to wrap it up, here are my first quarter numbers:
January # of books read: 50
January # of pages read: 17,562
February # of books read: 60
February # of pages read: 19,680
March # of books read: 60
March # of pages read: 21,411
So have you read any of these books? Do you have any reads that really stand out?