It's Monday! Happy New Year! This Year's Goals And Challenges
It's Monday! Happy 2016 readers!
Somehow, we have landed into 2016, with 2015 only lasting about 12 minutes. I think time has literally flown.
I don't even want to talk about how 2015 went reading-wise. I only read 93 books, not 100 as I had hoped. 25 of those books were re-reads, and most of the new books I read were only likeable at best, with only a few of those books being totally awesome. I mostly listened to audiobooks because I was too busy to sit down and actually read, and I didn't have any time to keep up with any of my challenges, or even write simple reviews. Yeesh!
But, it's a new year, and as always, I'm feeling rather optimistic. I have new goals, and life is calming down a bit, so I hope I can keep up with everything.
Here are this year's goals:
1) Give This Blog A Makeover
The more I learn about website design, the more I want to re-arrange things a little. You're probably already seeing some changes now. It's a work in progress, but I hope to be done by the end of February.
2) Read 90-100 Books
I set it as 100 on Goodreads, but I'm not planning on being hard on myself. If I make it to 90, I'll be happy.
3) Complete 1 Challenge
I'm only going to do two challenges this year: one I've made up, and one that one of my book groups set out. Both seem fairly easy, at least on the surface, so I hope to be able to complete at least one of them.
Well, there ya go! So here are the books I'm currently reading to help achieve my goals:
In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city’s rising anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah’s extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. Hanna’s investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love.
Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity, an ambitious, electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved author.
Happy New Year Everyone!