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
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
- We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler
- All The Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler
- We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
- The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Abertalli
- And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz
- The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
- One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
- 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?