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Similar to last year, I have two goals:
1. Cover my card; and
2. Read from my TBR list, especially the books I already own.
Goal #1 means 24 books. It also means I'm not planning to skip any squares, even the hard ones ("A biography of someone I dislike" and "About a subject that challenges you" ?!)
Goal #2 made the whole planning exercise essential. I figured I needed to make every book count in order to get all 24 read before Labor Day. Since they were all books I intended to read - at some point! - anyway, it was actually a lot of fun to figure out what could go where.
Here's how my plan shakes out:
- I bought six books, including Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4), A God in Ruins and The Emperor of All Maladies on Audible. Katie and my sister share that account and I expect they'll listen to those last two. I "treated" myself to Drums of Autumn (I loved listening to the last one) ... hoping that come July/August I'll be able to knit again for hours at a time! If not, I'll be taking a lot of long walks :-)
- I borrowed four: Orphan Train (from the library), A Christmas Visitor (from my sister), Anne of the Island (from my mom) and whatever I decide for "Borrowed from a friend".
- The rest were already on my shelves: four actual books, six on Kindle and four on Audible.
Two of my choices are a bit atypical, I think:
- For the biography of someone I dislike, I chose The Emperor of All Maladies. It's sub-titled "a biography of cancer", so a something, not a someone.
- Thank you to my friend Lauren, I have The Girl on the Train for "Hated by someone you know". It's our November bookclub selection, so I needed to read it, and this way I didn't have to use up an easier square.
The only book I really wanted to read this summer that I couldn't find a home for was Go Set a Watchman, especially because I fit a much needed re-read of To Kill a Mockingbird in as "A banned book." Maybe I can convince one of my friends to buy it - in hardcopy - so I can borrow it.
And now the progress report. I've finished six books and - beginning as I mean to go on - every one of them has been enjoyable. The highlights so far have been The Cuckoo's Calling (I skipped church last Sunday to finish it!) and The Boys in the Boat. I just finished Boys this morning and it's one of my favorite books of the year. Thank goodness it's our June bookclub selection so I'll be able to talk about it soon! Orphan Train is ready at the library, so that will be next, along with Frances and Bernard.
How about you? what are you excited to read this summer?
Click here to read my first post about this year's bingo and here to read last year's summary. If you're playing along, I hope you're off to a great start, too! Labor Day is almost three months away; you've got plenty of time to join in.