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[TSS] Bookish Bliss: The Benefits of Having a "Books Read" Goal

I had an unbelievable reading week, considering I’m still working on all the deadlines. I’ve discovered that setting a “books read” goal and then keeping track of that goal in a spreadsheet does wonders for any reading ennui I might be feeling.

Yes, apparently I am one who is easily motivated by the thought of adding another book to the spreadsheet.

And because of my “books read” goal, I’ve been finding bits of time in which to read – instead of doing what I used to do, which was wait until I had a nice big chunk of time. Instead, I’ve been dipping in and out of books, reading during breaks from work, reading in the ten or fifteen minutes before going to bed, reading when I’m waiting for Dylan to finish dance class – and astonishingly, all those bits of time have added up to my finishing four books this past week!

Mind you, two of them were graphic novels. I already loved graphic novels before setting my reading goal. I love them even more now.

I think my next book will be:

The Dream Thieves

From everything I’ve heard, The Dream Thieves is a great sequel, and I’m excited, too, that I also have Blue Lily, Lily Blue waiting for me too.

These are the books I read in the past week (and another surprise: none of them are in audio!):

daughter of smoke and bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone: Such a marvellous read. I don’t know why it took me so long to get to it, but I’m glad I finally did.

days of blood & starlight

Days of Blood & Starlight. Luckily I had book two in the trilogy, so as soon as I finished Daughter of Smoke & Bone, I turned immediately to Days of Blood & Starlight. This one was so eventful, I had to stop about two-thirds of the way through to take a breather.

During this breather, I picked up: The unwritten volume 3 The Unwritten: Dead Man’s Knock, Volume 3 of The Unwritten series. Lovely to be back in the Tommy Taylor world. I finished this one and then went back to Days of Blood & Starlight, and when I read breathlessly to the ending, I decided to pick up the next volume of The Unwritten. Leviathan The Unwritten: Leviathan, Volume 4 of The Unwritten series.

Fingers crossed here that next week will be another great reading week for me!

Catching up on The Unwritten

The unwritten volume 3

Long day today, late post tonight. But some good reading news! When I took a break from reading Days of Blood and Starlight yesterday, I found myself picking up The Unwritten: Dead Man’s Knock, Volume 3 of The Unwritten series. It’s been a while since I read volumes 1 and 2, and I’ve been meaning to play catch-up on the series ever since.

I remembered again why I enjoyed this series so much. All those literary references! Reading Dead Man’s Knock, I particularly enjoyed the story “The Many Lives of Lizzie Hexam”, which is presented in Pick-a-Story format.

And the really great thing about graphic novels? They’re such quick reads! It was nice adding another book to my “books read” spreadsheet.


I started volume 4 of the series, Leviathan, today – in between coming back from Dylan’s dance classes and heading out again for a Chinese classical dance and music performance. So I didn’t have that much time. But I’m hoping I’ll be able to plunge back into it tonight and finish it before I go to bed.

So much for going to bed earlier so I can wake up earlier. The allure of books – it’s just too much. Especially on a weekend!