If you could have a perfect reading month, what would it look like?
I felt awesome when I got done with my reading in January, but looking back at my reading in February, I’m not sure I’d call the month perfect. It was good — I read some books I liked a lot — but I didn’t get through as many as I’d like (only 7), and I don’t think the balance between personal/library/review books was what I’d want to have moving forward. Granted, I did decide to spend the month focusing on review copies, but I think in the long run that’s a bad plan.
So if February wasn’t awesome, what exactly would make a “perfect” reading month for me?
Since I finished my master’s, I’ve averaged about 10 books a month. I’ve been reading more slowly lately, so let’s assume I can read 8 books in a good month. What’s the best way go break down those books to make a month perfect?
I’m in the middle of a read-along of War and Peace, so in a perfect month I would finish the reading assignment over the course of the month. So far, I haven’t done that, but I’m optimistic for March. I also usually have some other group reading book, either for BookClubSandwich or my Madison book club (I have both in March).
Most months I have one or two books I’m reading for review as part of a book tour. Usually it’s with TLC Book Tours, and I’ve had nothing but good experiences with them. I haven’t loved all the books, but I do like stretching my reading for books I’m curious about. I also usually try to read a couple other review books, either ones I’ve had for awhile or books that are coming out that month. I haven’t always done this, but I want to be more proactive about review copies.
After that, it’s sort of a toss-up, a mix of library books and books from my own bookshelf. Which ones I pick are usually a matter of mood, but given my interest very often they are nonfiction.
One thing I’ve wanted to start doing is reading a chunkster every month. I tend to shy away from them because I worry about having blog content, but that’s a silly reason. I have a lot of great chunksters I want to read, so I should read them!
Given all of that, if March were going to be a perfect reading month, I think this is what I would want to read:
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (through the end of Volume 1).
- Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer for a TLC Book Tour.
- The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, a review copy from HarperCollins which comes out on March 15.
- The United States of Arugula by David Kamp, our pick for BookClubSandwich.
- Paper Towns by John Green, which is my book club’s pick this month.
- Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV by Jennifer L. Pozner, which I have checked out from the library.
- Random book! This one could be a chunkster?
- Random book!
- Random book!
I added a ninth book, since I won’t actually finish War and Peace during the month, and since March is longer than February, I think I can squeeze in at least one more than I read this month.
What would your perfect reading month look like?