Mid-May Evaluation

While I’m not keeping up with my blog as much as I like and planned to, my reading is going well. So far, this month, there was only one day I didn’t read for at least 30 minutes. It was Saturday the 2nd and on Saturday I usually read less than on other days for some reason. Most days I’ve been reading a lot more than 30 minutes. This also means that I spend less time diamond painting or being otherwise creative and thus listening less to audio books. So far I’ve listened to audio books only three day this month. Tomorrow I got the day off so I’ve planned to do some sketching and listen to It some more.

I’ve only finished two books so far in May. V.E. Schwab’s A Conjuring of Light, which I really enjoy. I wanted to finish four series I had only one book left to read of. This is the third series I finished. Only the last/latest book in the Shadow Police series left.

I also read The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths, the latest book in the Ruth Galloway series. Which I really liked, even though the team has dispersed since the last book.

Currently I’m reading Ghostland by Duncan Ralston. I’m about 40% in and I’m really enjoying it. During my reading session yesterday afternoon I forgot to keep an eye on the time, something that hasn’t happened in quite a while. Hopefully I can finish it tomorrow.

The books I’ve read so far in May aren’t shorter books. A Conjuring of Light was well over 600 pages long, The Lantern Men was just under 400 pages and Ghostland is just over 400 pages. All well over this year’s average of 340 pages. I’m not wanting to commit to any longer reads too often just yet, but it’s nice to see I’m getting into regular length books, for me, again.

I’m not sure what I’m going to read next yet. I’m not yet in the mood for the Shadow Police. I was either going to read the next book in the Lady Darby series or John Grisham’s Camino Island. I want to be able to finish the book before next Wednesday; I’m going to stay with my sister for a couple of days and I like to have a new book to read then. Neither book is particularly long, so I might go either way. It depends what I’m in the mood for when I want to start a new book.

I’ve got a big pile of books waiting for me, all of which I would like to read soon. It’s hard to decide what to read next at the moment. But I’m letting my mood guide me. I am going to try and give the recently released books precedence. A lot of books were recently released by my favourite authors or were part of series I like and I like to get up to date again with the new releases. Until September only a couple of books are released by authors I like or part of series I’m now up to date with. So I have a bit of time to get that organized.

I’m so happy that I’m getting back into reading. Although after reading over a 100 books a year since 2011 it isn’t strange to have a reading slump it did annoy me. I’m still struggling to find a good balance between all my hobbies, though. I might give timed activities a try.

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