Now that I’ve looked back on my favorite books for the first half of 2020, it’s time to start looking ahead. My reading has taken a serious nosedive over the past several weeks so I’ve decided to start an August readathon. It’s like a marathon, but for people like me that don’t like to sweat!
Over the past few months, I’ve either started or considered starting books that never got finished. My goal is to read a minimum of 100 pages per day so I can finish the month knocking out several books. In order to keep myself accountable and to avoid further embarrassment, I will update this page daily on my progress. Hopefully, I will inspire some of you to finish off some books too!
At the time of this initial post, here are all the books I’ve started or wanted to start recently:
- Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
- Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake (started, unfinished)
- The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (started, unfinished reread)
- The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke (started, unfinished)
- The Essential Robert Frost (started, unfinished)
- Orlando by Virginia Woolf
- Jazz by Toni Morrison
- Emma by Jane Austen (next on my Austen reread)
- Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman
- The Dark Elf Trilogy by R. A. Salvatore (reread)
- Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle (borrowed book)
- No Talk Therapy for Children and Adolescents by Martha B. Straus (counseling stuff)
- The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku (space stuff)
- Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami (library book)
- On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden (library book)
This list is daunting! Let’s see what I can accomplish for August. I’ll be returning to this post as well as creating a separate page with daily updates.
This morning I started reading Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen. It’s a fast-paced science fiction thriller, and I’ve already completed one-third of it. This is the story of a secret agent named Kin from the year 2142 who works for the Time Corruption Bureau (TCB). After a failed mission results in him getting stuck in the present, the protagonist breaks the primary directive and starts his own life by getting married and having a daughter. When his bosses finally return for him years later, Kin finds himself torn between his new life and the one he left behind. I should have this one finished in the next couple of days as I’m finding it hard to put down.
Total pages read : 101
I made some progress on two of my books today. First, I read through several poems in my Rilke collection. I loved going back over ones I’ve read in the past, just taking my time enjoying so many passionate and beautiful lines. The rest of my reading time was for the second third of Here and Now and Then. I also purchased one book, Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith. The plot sounded interested as it is about someone who can enter and control others’ dreams.
Total pages read: 102 Books purchased: 1
I didn’t think I would hit my daily goal as Mondays are one of my busiest work days. Thanks to staying up extra late, I managed to nearly finish Here and Now and Then. I can see why this book has received so many accolades, such as Bookhub’s “Best Science Fiction” for 2019.
Total pages read: 100
Today, I managed to tackle multiple books. First, I finished Here and Now and Then. Hooray! After reading some more Rilke, I started on No Talk Therapy to increase those therapeutic skills.
Total pages read: 100 Books finished: 1/15