BRL Quarterly Report #9

Well, since October is very nearly over (do you realize how close we are getting to the holidays??) it’s past time to do another Big Reading Life Quarterly Report!


Books Read (July-September:)  17

Fiction:  13

Nonfiction: 4 (This is the Story of a Happy Marriage – Ann Patchett, The Temporary Bride – Jennifer Klinec, Hunger – Roxane Gay, and The Stranger in the Woods – Michael Finkel)

Audio: 3 (all Harry Potter books: Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban)

Middle Grade: 3 (see above)

YA/Teen: 5

Authors of Color: 3

Published in 2017: 5 (The Dry – Jane Harper, Hunger – Roxane Gay, The Stranger in the Woods – Michael Finkel, The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas, and Magpie Murders – Anthony Horowitz)

Favorites This Quarter: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (my review here,) Hunger by Roxane Gay (review here,) and The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel (review here.)

Reading Goals:  Ha ha ha!    🙂  After having finished two of my goals (Random Picks and YA Books) I’ve pretty much abandoned the rest of my reading goals that I came up with in January.  And I’m okay with that, honestly.  For a while now my reading pace has been sluggish, and my concentration has been abysmal, so if I can finish my other RIP Challenge book, finish out the #AnneReadalong by the end of the year, and read my book group books, I’ll consider it good!  I’m trying to take (admittedly self-imposed) pressure off my reading life.

Also, a happy development!  I recently went over the 350 followers mark!  I don’t quite know how that happened, but it’s really neat to see the numbers grow.  I know that far fewer than that actually take the time to leave comments, but I want you who regularly read my little blog and comment that I REALLY do appreciate you so much.  I love that I’ve gotten to “know” so many thoughtful, funny, kind book lovers around the world! Your passion for reading and writing inspires me daily to keep reading and writing, even when times are tough.

So how have your last few months in reading gone?  Any surprises or challenges in your reading life lately?  Have you abandoned any of the goals you may have set up for yourself in January?  What’s been the best book you’ve read in the past 3 months?

19 thoughts on “BRL Quarterly Report #9

  1. I’ve had the hate you give on my list for a while, I need to just read it! My book club just started ‘little fires everywhere’ and the author is coming to town for a talk too which will be fun. I’ve also been slow over the past month but your update is inspiring!

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  2. Hahaha! I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s tossed all those carefully planned goals out of the window! But it’s still fun making them… in fact, if I spent less time planning I could probably read an extra twenty books a year… 😉 Congrats on the blog growth – always nice to see the numbers ticking up! 😀

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    1. Thanks! I just deactivated my Facebook account so I expect to see my reading numbers just EXPLODE now, ha ha… combine that with no goal setting for next year and I’m going to be at 150 books read in no time. 😉

      (I’m sure I can’t possibly find any other things with which to fritter away my time, haha)

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  3. I suppose my only reading goal is to just get my tbr pile down, although this is sort of futile because I’m constantly adding to it too 🙂

    You don’t have to thank us for commenting, you have a great blog and it deserves all the attention it gets 🙂

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  4. That is a pretty good quarter, Laila. You were travelling and coping wigh personal challenges, and despite all of it, you have read some wonderful books. You inspire me, and it’s always a pleasure to read your blogs. More love to you. ❤❤

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  5. Congratulations on the followers Laila. Glad to have found your blog.

    In January, my goal was to read 95 books and I have already achieved that. Somewhere along the line, I made a goal to reduce the number of ARCs that I read and read more of my own books. I have been doing great with goal. So now my new goal is to finish reading all my ARCs by November 15th and not request any new ones until January, 2018.

    Congrats on all that you have achieved this year so far and all the best as you move forward. I really need to read The Hate U Give soon.

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    1. Ha ha, my quarterly round-ups are always well into the following quarter, but i guess better late than never! 🙂 I like doing them just to see some numbers, and think about my favorites for that three months. It makes me realize that I’m still doing some good reading even when it doesn’t feel like it.


  6. I’m in a sluggish phase right now too, so I can relate. Summary posts like this one sometimes help to get me reoriented and thinking about things differently though, sometimes refresh a commitment to a goal. My goals are all chugging along, but I didn’t put a time limit on any of them and am content to allow them to take some time. As for a favourite over the past three months? Maybe Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Buried, Sing or those Patchett essays, or maybe my reread of Carol Shields’ Unless or Lincoln in the Bardo. Just one? Nuh unh. 🙂

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      1. You’ll be glad you’ve read that memoir whenever you do get to her ficton; I feel like it offers little clues to the reader about where the darkness creeps in (and the light, too). But it’s a tough read, eh? (And, yes, yes, she is!)

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  7. Right now I can’t even remember if I had any goals at the beginning of the year. Ha! Still, it’s interesting to see how things go compared to the way you thought they would, or wanted them to, isn’t it?

    Your favourite books are either YA or non-fiction… that’s interesting! A few favourites for me this fall have been Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson, Dazzle Patterns by Alison Watt, and Brother by David Chariandy. I’m loving the award list books.

    I love your comparison of the tbr to laundry! 🙂

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    1. I suppose our plans about books and reading often go the way of our general life plans… not the way we expect! 🙂 You’re right, it’s interesting!

      I’m going to look up the titles you mentioned a your favorites – I’ve already got Brother on my TBR I know. Thanks!


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