2015 Reading Goal: Progress Report #2

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I haven’t been doing as well with my reading goal this year as I had hoped to do. My goal is to read at least 25 books this year (complete books, which means I can’t leave a book unfinished if I want to count it toward my goal — which is unfortunate, since there are a couple of books I didn’t have any desire to finish!)

So far this year, I’ve read now 4 books. At my last update, I’d read 3, so I did manage to finish a novel in the meantime. The one I read was Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (a post about this book coming soon).

I’ve been really enjoying reading books by Neil Gaiman lately, as well as Haruki Murakami. I have a whole post already typed up about my fascination with Murakami’s writing, in fact, so that will be coming soon to the blog.

The thing that makes me nervous about that is that I can’t go on reading the same two authors forever! So far, in the past year, I’ve read at least four books by Neil Gaiman (maybe even five) and NINE books by Haruki Murakami. Nine! I’ve read only about three books by other authors that I actually completed, and some others I didn’t even manage to finish. I just can’t get into stories by other authors right now. I’ve tried, but I keep coming back to these two. There’s just something about their writing. They are not even all that similar, but both of them seem to have the ability to create wonderful, intriguing worlds that I don’t want to part with.

For right now, I’m still really into the writing by these two awesome authors, but I definitely need to find some other good books and authors to try out.

I’ve been testing out some other genres, and I’ve found that I had a hard time getting drawn into some older “classics” that I probably should have read before, as well as memoirs. Then again, it could just be the authors’ styles that I didn’t really like. What I have found is that I enjoy sci-fi/fantasy a lot more than I ever expected to, though I’m not sure why I am surprised by that! I grew up loving Harry Potter, after all, and that’s definitely a fantasy story. I guess I just tried so hard to like the books that I felt like I should. Now I’m starting to realize that some books just aren’t my type.

Does anyone have any¬†recommendations for books that they’ve enjoyed?

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