Not sure I’ll do this next year — while I kind of like to look back and see what I’ve read, I can’t help thinking about how much “stuff” I could have gotten done if I hadn’t read all those books…
Eight of those books are rereads — I read them at some time during the past, Thanks to my lack of memory I enjoyed them all again and didn’t know “who done it” until I was supposed to.
- Mad Ship by Robin Hobb
- Nemesis by Catherine Coulter
- Citizen Insane by Karen Cantwell
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline <== liked best
- Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
- Deep Down by Lee Child
- Brain Jack by Brian Falkner
- Seconds Away by Harlan Coben
- The Killing Floor by Lee Child
- Die Trying by Lee Child
- Tripwire by Lee Child
- Running Blind by Lee Child
- Echo Burning by Lee Child
- Without Fail by Lee Child
When I read your lists I think “I should spend some time reading fiction books instead of doing Stuff” 😃
I think we all need to include some downtime in our week, ideally something for our brain to think about that’s very different from what we normally throw at it.
The question I always have though when reading your lists is…how long do you take to read *so* many books? You must be a fast reader or “stuff” wouldn’t get a look in!
I’m a fast reader (although not as fast as my younger sister) — a typical mass-market fiction book (Harlan Coben, John Grisham, James Patterson, etc.) will typically take me 5-6 hours to finish, so I can knock one out in an evening.
The books by Robin Hobb in the list above probably took me 10-12 hours (each) to read, so really depends on the author, writing style, etc.
Looking at that list I might have read for an average of 3 hours a day (maybe a little under). Figuring out that I spent 80-90 hours last month now has me feeling ashamed of wasting so much time. 🙁
Yes, downtime is necessary, but I think I’ve gone overboard…