Welcome to the start of the fourth year of my monthly book reading lists. That’s right - I published the first reading list all the way back in January 2018.
I don’t have too much time today, so I’m going to be quick with this month’s book reading list. I will say that this is the end of my third year posting these monthly book reading lists.
I think I did pretty good reading-wise in October.
Reading keeps getting better month after month. I read more to both my son and my daughter, and twice as many books for myself than I did last month.
My son has gotten really into looking at books lately. He absolutely loves flipping through his books.
2019 is half over. It’s time for my seventeenth book reading list.
January brings in a brand new year, which means I’ll be reading brand new books… Or maybe I’ll be reading old books. In either case, they’ll be new to me.
I finished 2018 strong, having read 15 different books for myself - three times as many as I read in 2017. I only read one book in December, but I was determined to finish it by the end of the month/year so I could say I read 3x as many books in 2018 as I read in 2017.
As recently as twenty years ago, if people wanted to publish a book, they would either have to convince a traditional publisher to publish their book, or shell out hundreds or thousands of dollars in order for a self-publisher to print their book for them. Some of these old self-publishing companies still exist - such as Morris Publishing, who, according to their website, charge around $5 a book for a 40-page book with a 25-book minimum. Others, such as the infamous Vantage Press, went out of business a few years ago and were even sued by the authors they were supposed to be supporting in 1990.
July has come and gone and I have finally - FINALLY - finished my master’s degree. I’m done with classes. I’ve yet to receive that piece of paper saying I’m done in the mail, but all that’s left is waiting. No more responsibility. That means I have more time for reading (and video games, and writing, and my wife and son - but of course not in that order!)
Time is precious - once again, I only managed to fit in one book in my busy schedule for the month. Hopefully, come August, I’ll have more time, since the last session for the last class in my Master’s program is on July 25th. Of course, my son might be mobile by then - he’ll be four months on the 26th - so he will require more attention.
Time sure is flying. My son is already over a month old. I finished my second-to-last (penultimate!) class for my Master’s degree. And it’s already another month, so time to report what I read last month.
2017 has been a pretty good year. I only met three of my four goals - I didn’t graduate with my master’s, but that’s okay because I definitely will be in 2018. Another goal I had that I didn’t mention in the 2017 goal blog post is to read a more. I didn’t read nearly as much as I used to - I used to read several books a month. This year I only read five books, one of which I started several years ago, two I haven’t finished yet. Despite the low number, it’s been a definite improvement over past years.