Friday, November 12, 2021

Reading Challenge 2021 - Progress to Date

 

These are the books I've read in 2021. I met my reading challenge long ago and didn't set a new one. I'm reading now for pure pleasure rather than meeting a goal. I have no new number of books to read in 2021 or pages to complete. This year seems to have been the year for reading biographies and autobiographies. I read 8 of them and that is far more than usual. It was also a year for reading resource books on sewing projects and books written by Indigenous authors.  They were all very good too. The two books that show only a generic Goodreads cover are: Joseph William McKay - A Metis Business Leader in Colonial British Columbia & Merchant and Mills Sewing Book by Carolyn N.K. Denham.

There are approximately 6 weeks left in the year.  I'll be interested in seeing how far I get for the rest of the year because soon I'll be too busy with cleaning and Christmas preparations and there will be less time for reading.

Did I have a favourite book this year?  Not really.  though I have to say Gail Tsukiyama's books are always a delight and I really enjoyed reading Youngblood of the Peace.  Youngblood is about the life of a priest who used to preside in the far north of British Columbia where many of my relatives live. Everyone knew him and I heard about him a lot as a child so it was very interesting to finally read his life's story.  I'm so glad a northerner took time to make sure his story is documented.  It made me appreciate how much the early missionaries went through to "Christianize" people.  I also enjoyed Edward Rutherfurds' book, China. I've enjoyed all the books I've read by this author so far. Last, but not least, The Dictionary of Lost Words was a very interesting book and kept me entertained.

I hope you are enjoying your reading. I'd love to hear what book you enjoyed most this year, or any other year. Maybe I can still find it before this year is over.

Happy reading.

p.s. If you are interested in the Kenyan missions, please see my update from the last blog post.

14 comments:

  1. You've done a lot of reading and some good books too! A book I've recently enjoyed was Max Lucado - You are never alone. It was so encouraging!

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    1. Hi Mari, thanks for reminding me about Max Lucado's book. I think I read about it on your blog and it is on my 'to read' list.

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  2. I'll bet the Thomas king book is a hoot. I would like to read Rutherfurd on China. I like his books.

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    1. You got Thomas King's book pegged right. You must be familiar with his writings. You would enjoy the Rutherfurd book.

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  3. Hello,
    Some of these books appear on my read list too. It is great you met your reading goal, I like reading for pleasure. I tend to stick to the mysteries and the historical fiction. It is hard to pick a favorite, I have so many. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Hi Eileen, yes it is hard to pick favourites when one reads a lot but I do especially enjoy historical fiction best and also novels that are based on different cultures in foreign lands. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. Wow impressive. I hope to read a bit more next year as usual work is taking all of my time and energy. I have seen The Dictionary of Lost Words and might have another look. Interested in China too.

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    1. Hi dear Jan, I hope you will like one of these books, or both, as much as I did.

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  5. I love the Alexander McCall Smith's detective series but the right up on this sounds very disappointing. We are both reading C W Browning's Shadow of War books at present, well I have just finished the 5th one, so I have to now wait for the 6th one to come out. We both loved them.
    Hope all is well, Take care Diane'.

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    1. Thanks for the book suggestion Diane. I'll check out the series. Take care!

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  6. What an exciting and diverse collection. I am in awe!

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    1. You have an equally exciting and diverse collection :-)

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  7. That is a good variety of books you have read.
    Many thanks for sharing them.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan. All the best to you as well.

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