Thursday, January 3, 2013

#1: Read 30 Books For Fun

Only serious books for awhile now. 
Isn't reading fun?

I have now read 30 books, checking #1 off of my list.

Looking back, I read quite the variety of books. Check out these stats:

# of fiction books: 24
# of non-fiction books: 3
# of biographies/memoirs: 2
# of audio books: 14
# of books for book club: 3...sad that fizzled out. We need to get that going again.
# of series: 3

Favorite book read: A tie between Bossypants by Tina Fey and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. Both had me laughing out loud. I know I've said it before, but I definitely recommend both of these in audio book.

Least favorite book: Therese Raquin. Yuck.

Book(s) that I would read again: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. And definitely Mindy's and Tina's books.

The 31st Book: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle - I am a huge fan of the show Sherlock, and wanted to go back and read the stories that the episodes are based on. I'll write a review for that one in a bit.

Currently Reading: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. See above. I'm a nerd.

I'm going to be heavily focused on my dissertation for awhile, so I don't know how much time that I will have for pleasure reading. But, I do try to squeeze in a good book when I can. Here is what's on my shelf, waiting to be read next:

  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  • Manhunt: The 12 Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
  • The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I have a whole list of books that I hope to get time to read beyond that, but it sounds like a good start. 

Here is the full 30B430 list.


  1. Have you considered joining GoodReads or dropping your booklist into their site and then pulling an RSS feed back into your blog?
    --For some reason I have been stuck reading the same "book" since last June. But give me some cred -- The Pentagon Papers is over 7,300 pages.


    1. I use it on and off. I'm sure it's fairly outdated for what I'm reading right now, but it is a place I often look to get ideas for what to read next. Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. I really enjoyed The Art of Fielding. Especially given our profession. I think you'll enjoy it too! And I was going to check out Carry the One but perhaps I won't given your thoughts. Currently reading Defending Jacob, a great murder-crime book and next up: The Fault in our Stars. Heard really good things about it!


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