Thoughts on My Reading Year
Over a year ago I went from unemployed to a full-time-and-a-half job. And I remained a mother-of-two, a wife and a housewife.
- •60Number of books I challenged myself to read during 2015.
- •62Number of books I have read so far.
- •52One book a week is how much I can honestly expect myself to read in a year. Although I would like to read twice as much.
- •9Number of children's books (included in the 60 total). These were either read to my daughters or to my students.
- •20Number of books I would definitely read again.
- •1Number of non fiction books read this year.
- •0Number of poetry books read this year.
- •Reading is breathingNo kidding. With such a crazy amount of work as I've had since October 2014, reading is really what keeps me sane.
- •English Breakfast TeaThe absolute best companion to a good book.
- •Crazy Book LadyWhat your co-workers call you, because no one else has ever been seen sneaking in reading time during school breaks.
- •My time is preciousWhich is why I did not finish two books this year. I read for pleasure. If a book is too boring for too many pages, I'll put it down. This is not something I enjoy doing and I do try to get to the end, but if I am not enjoying it, I don't insist as much as I used to.
- •Favourite reading timeAlways. In the early morning, when everyone else is still sleeping, in the afternoon, late at night. Whenever. Really.
- •Hardback, paperbackMy favourite format. I do love my kindle, particularly in bed and during commutes, in the evening, because of the built-in light. But I do prefer reading in paper. Which is another thing I found out this year.
- •PortugueseReading in my native language adds pleasure to my reading. And I read faster in Portuguese than in English too.
- •TranslationA lot is often lost in translation, especially between two languages as different as these two. Although I did feel strange about some sentences in the translated books I read this year, my opinion is that Portuguese editors are now working much better in this regard than they used to a dozen years ago, when I gave up on translated books.