It’s the beginning of the month and time to plan out my reading. I do this with a ‘Reading Map’. This is like a road map of my reading journey. Each month I do a ‘check-up’ to help me see what I’ve accomplished towards my reading goals and to help me see what needs to be done next.
I like to start with a look at what I’ve done since the last map.
What I’ve read in September
- Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott
- A Place We Knew Well by Susan McCarthy
- Maud’s Line by Margaret Verble
- A Sister To Honor by Lucy Ferriss (re-read for book club)
- Packing For Mars by Mary Roach
- Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann
What I’m currently reading.
- Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld (re-read for book club)
What I chose not to read at this time.
- 1984 by George Orwell (our book club decided not to do this one)
- The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
A Sister To Honor is a re-read for me. I read it when it was released and recommended it to my book club. We will be discussing it mid-month, so I am doing a quick skim to refresh my memory since I am leading the discussion. I started Packing For Mars for for Doing Dewey’s online nonfiction bookclub, and am still working on it.
Now it’s time to take a look at my reading map for August.
October 2015 Reading Map
- All The Stars In Heaven by Adriana Trigiani
- The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve
- Stan Musial by George Vecsey
- Tigers in Red Weather by Lisa K
- After You by Jojo Moyes
- The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson
That seems like a lot of books but two are re-reads for book clubs. The Devil In The White City is for Doing Dewey’s online Nonfiction Book Club and since I’ve already read it twice, I will probably just skim it close enough to discuss it. Sisterland is this month’s selection for my local book club. I read it when it came out, so I am in the process of re-reading it. I only have one book that I need to read for a book tour review, All The Stars In Heaven. After You is the follow-up to Me Before You and I just got a notification that it is in and waiting for me. I need to check it out and read it or I will go to the bottom of a long, long list of holds! So everything else is ‘free-range’. I think I’ve had The Pilot’s Wife on my shelf for over ten years — before I started blogging! I’ve had the Stan Musial biography for a couple of years, too. I borrowed it in early 2013, right around the time Stan passed on, and I couldn’t seem to concentrate on it at the time. Now enough time has passed, and with the recent passing of Yogi Berra, the time seems right to pick it up again. I picked Tigers in Red Weather off the sale shelf at the library a couple of years ago, but was over-committed myself to reviews at the time, but I really want to read it. So that is a tentative map for me, but I may turn off the road to enjoy other sites on the way.
Do you have a ‘map’ to help guide your reading? If so, share it below in the comments. Maybe I’ll see something I want to add to my list! Happy reading!