Fifth Year of Retired Introvert – Books

I’m a reader. I’ve always been a reader. Except maybe when I was in college because I felt like I had to read so much for my classes, there was no time to read for fun.

I especially like to read outside. On my deck, on my front porch, on the beach, by the pool. I can’t imagine not reading.

As part of my Year of Retired Introvert series, here is February’s edition. Books.

Book Club

My first post about books was about my book club. We’ve been together since 2008 and while members have come and gone, our original group is still intact. We currently have 8 members.

Our name is A Novel Group. Catchy, huh? We have a Facebook page where we schedule meetings, any other events, rate our books, maintain a list of all the books we’ve read from the beginning, and can just communicate in general about book-related topics.

For my original introduction to the group, read this post. You can also see what we read in 2017. Doesn’t that sound like a long time ago? In this post, I included a picture of our group. Here’s an updated picture that we just took last fall for our Facebook page. It took us a while to get it because we hadn’t been able to get everyone together for so long!!

A Novel Group – 2021

Favorite Authors

I had intended to write multiple posts, each focusing on a different set of my favorite authors. Whoops!! I only wrote the first one! Guess I’ll move that second one to the top of my to-do list.

Anyway, like most people, I have favorite authors that I consistently read. I watch for their new books to come out. So, here’s the group I wrote about first. I started with only two of my favorites. I promise to deliver Part 2 sometime soon!!

Book reviews

I can’t call what I write actual reviews. I prefer to point out the books I liked reading and the books I didn’t like. I could never be a professional book reviewer!! Here are some posts where I attempted a review.

A Couple of March Reads focuses on two books from our book club reading. There was a follow-up to the second book and while I said I had preordered it, I never got it!! So, I do need to check into that.

Book Review – Beyond the Cabin is by the wife of my husband’s friend from college. This book was actually her second one, and I’ve since gone back and read the first book, which I didn’t like quite as much. There’s also a third book I need to check into.

It’s too bad I buried a great salad recipe within a book review. I did it because I made this salad when my book club came to my house for one of our meetings and we discussed this book. The salad got rave reviews, the book not so much. However, I loved the book. So much that I read all the rest in the Don Tillman series. I mentioned there would be a movie about this book coming out in 2019, but I don’t recall ever seeing it. As of last summer, it seems there are still plans to make the movie.

Even if you don’t care about the book, please check out the salad. 😉

Reading Challenges

I started the Goodreads Reading Challenge in 2017 but didn’t reach my yearly goal until 2019. I’ve since reached or surpassed my goal every year. This year I decided to up my goal to 40 books. I’m off to a good start but unlike previous years, I don’t have specific books in mind. We’ll see if that affects my ability to meet my goal.

  • My 2018 Reading Challenge – simply a list and brief recap of each book I read in 2018
  • My 2019 Challenges Update – Final – in 2019, I combined my reading and cross-stitch challenges and provided quarterly updates. If you’re interested, start with this one and you’ll find links to the first three quarters at the end of the post.
  • 2020 Recap – Books – this is the last of three posts in 2020 about books. The first two also include my cross-stitch challenges, while this final recap only covers the books I read. Links to the first two are included in this post.
  • My Year in Books – by 2021, I was tired of the quarterly and other scheduled updates so I just wrote this when I was ready, which was last July. And I haven’t provided any updates since, even though I’ve read several more books. Coming soon.

Reading Poll

I also put out a poll, asking my readers to indicate how they read these days. How Do You Read? provides the results. See if you agree.

You may have noticed that I have a seal at the bottom of my page these days. It indicates I contribute to What’s On My Bookshelf?, where many bloggers include links to their posts about what they’re reading. It’s about time for me to add something new!!

Thanks for reading this month’s walk down memory lane. I hope you found something you enjoyed.

10 thoughts on “Fifth Year of Retired Introvert – Books”

  1. I also love reading outdoors, Linda. I like reading indoors as well, but being out in nature, makes it even that much better. Read more for pleasure is definitely on my list for retirement!

    1. My first summer of retirement I read all the time. Now after almost six years, my time has become filled with many other things too. But I will always be a reader.

    1. Yep, definitely hacked. Don’t fall for any of it!! Sorry. I’m trying to deal with it but Instagram is not being helpful.

  2. Book clubs can be a lot of fun. Mine got too big and then Covid happened and we had to suspend our meetings. Now that we have resumed discussions it is with a much smaller crowd. Selfishly, I hope it stays that way.

    I choose a lot of books based on well-written reader reviews instead of the book cover blurb, so I appreciate anyone who takes the time to do that.

    1. I like it when our book club is smaller but eight is working out OK. I wouldn’t want it any bigger.

      I honestly don’t pay much attention to book reviews, mostly because it depends so much on a person’s taste. I tend to rely on my favorite authors, but I do have some free Kindle books that I hope to read this year and maybe discover a new author.

  3. I love my bookclub! We are relatively new but I started it when I retired and began to dred the once-a-month drive to meetings during rush hour. I went on our local area’s Facebook page and asked if anyone wanted to start a local group… and got a great response. It’s so wonderful when everyone (for the most part 🙂 ) just clicks. I don’t write long reviews either but I’m so happy that others take the time to write them.

    1. We have a pretty good group and while some of us are close in proximity, a few are farther away. But we carpool which makes it much nicer.
      I think I’m not very good at describing a book and why I like or don’t like it. Too superficial, I think. But I do read what others write.

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