Reading has always been a way for me to wind down. I love getting lost in books. But since I quit my job, I found I had less time to read because I was always working. That’s one of the downsides to being a freelancer. In order to strike a better work/life balance, I vowed to get back into reading.

Back in June, I posted a list of books I wanted to read this summer. I was used to devouring a book a week so 10 books to read in 3 months seemed like an easy task. Let’s just say I was out of practice.

My Summer Book Bucket List

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  2. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  3. We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler
  4. All The Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler
  5. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  6. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Abertalli
  7. And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz
  8. The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
  9. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  10. The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims

If you’re keeping score I read five out of 10 books. Good not great.

One thing that held me back from reading them all was my budget. I couldn’t justify spending all that money on books when I had bills to pay and cats to feed.

That made me realize that if I made a book bucket list for every season, I’d end up running into the same problem. Unless I decided to read one of the books that I haven’t cracked open already on my shelves.

But there is a solution. I don’t know if it’s taboo to admit that I’ve never had a library card. Sure in high school and college I could check out books from my schools’ libraries with my ID. But the regular old county library is a place I haven’t visited.

Maybe I add getting a library card to the fall book bucket list?

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