In January, I randomly deciding to click on my dusty Goodreads icon on my phone to add something I read about in Entertainment Weekly [Tangent: Don’t judge! They have some killer book reviews.] onto the growing and unruffled virtual “to-read” pile. I was greeted with:
“Would you like to participate in a 2016 reading challenge?”
And guys…I did it…and I stuck with it and fell butt-crazy back in love with reading after a brief hiatus. In fact, I ended up reading 35...and it was easy! [Tangent: Promise that I am not bragging so much as getting in print that I finished something I started when there were zero consequences.] I even have proof!
I finally took all my friends up on those suggestions that they have been giving me for the last several years and sprinkled in some from my favorite authors and some that sounded so terrible I had to get my eyes on them for myself [Tangent:I’m looking at you Me Before You and the Holly Madison autobiography (yeah...that Holly Madison).] Unlike boys, I seem to have no type when it comes to books…or do I? Here are some of the reoccurring themes I found in my reading.
- Number of books about mental hospitals: 3
- Number of books that deal with disability: 5 (If you count Frankenstein as a disability book…which I feel on the fence about.)
- Number of fiction Books about human experimentation: 3
- Number of books featuring a naked person on the cover: 3
- Number of Celebrity Tell-Alls that made me 100% more interested in the celebrity: 3 (But seriously ya'll- get on that Rob Lowe autobiography!)
- Number of Mary Roach books that made me incapable of having a conversation that didn't include the facts therein: 2
- Number of books featuring lobotomies: 6 (that number seems really high, right?)
- Number of books that make characters from religious text way more interesting: 2
- Number of books targeted at angsty teen girls and probably not women in their mid 30's: 5
- Number of Kurt Vonnegut books I had been meaning to read but hadn't: 3
- Number of books based on TV/Movies I already was a fan of: 3
- Number of books that discuss the porn industry: 3
- Number of books that made me laugh out loud in inappropriate places: 5
- Number of books written by people who are really funny on Twitter: 4 (spoiler alert. Mary Shelley isn’t one!)
Seriously, I am so stoked about it and can’t wait to be a nerd (or spoiler...maybe NERDIER) again next year. It has also saved me A TON of money I was impulse spending on Candy Crush and Frozen Free Fall. Feel free to ask me about anyof these because I have opinions for DAYS!
I also am so excited I once again got to live out one of my Tim Gun annual mantras to the absolute fullest !