In June I read six books again so that puts me at 38 for this year. I read:
Make Trouble by John Waters -- I picked this one up as it was new and seemed popular. It was a quick read but didn't have enough substance for me.
Alice Neel by Patricia Hills and Alice Neel -- I read this for my #deadartistsociety project. It's almost all interviews with Alice Neel herself, loved it.
My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach -- I saw this one on groknation I think and knew it was for me. It was really good. If you liked Brain on Fire you'll probably like this one too.
The Shape of Ideas by Grant Snider -- I picked this one for our year of creative habits book club. I was looking for a light read and it was. Reactions were mixed in the year of creative habits community but I thought it was ok.
The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett -- I totally picked this one up for the cover and didn't really expect to read it. I read a few pages and was pleasantly surprised, really good story.
Peak by Anders Ericsson -- I've been wanting to read this for awhile. It was really good and I came away with lots of new ways of thinking about skills, practice, and success.
I'm pretty surprised at the number of books I'm reading each month lately. I like to read but averaging 6 books a month is more than my usual. I've been thinking about why and how this is happening and here's a few ideas:
* Keeping track of the books I've read over the last few years has helped me identify exactly what kinds of books I like to read. Now I can really focus on reading those types of books and then sprinkling in a few new ones. [For me it's mostly memoirs, graphic novels/memoirs, and non-fiction. I like some fiction and teen/kid lit.]
* It helps to be part of a book club. One book each month is our year of creative habits book. Another book each month is part of my #deadartistsociety. It's fun (and easy) to read when it's part of group.
* For meaty/tough books I break them down. I really enjoyed Peak but it wasn't easy for me. In order to finish this month I had to break the book down into chunks. I ended up reading one chapter each day.
* And of course reading begets reading. The more you do something, the easier it is.
I have twelve books left to reach my goal of 50 books this year. That's only two books a month so I'm thinking I need to set a new goal. If I double what I've read so far, that'd be 76. Maybe 75 is a good goal? Or maybe 100 is a better stretch goal? Hmm. I'll have to think about it but in the meantime I'll keep reading.