Mar 30, 2013


I've always gotten a lot of questions about how/why I read so much, and better late than never right?
So I've always loved to read and started reading pretty early, and I've just never remembered not reading. As I've gotten older, the books have simply gotten longer. I remember I when I read the The Thorn Birds for the first time, as well as Gone With The Wind and felt incredibly accomplished. I love long books because they tell great stories and I get lost in them so much more easily, but short books can do that too. Fiction is obviously my favorite, but I really like psychological and historical/military non fiction books as well, and of course biographies. My favorite authors include Pat Conroy, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Steve Coll, Mary Kay Andrews, Emily Giffin, Jodi Picoult, Corban Addison and Curtis Sittenfeld.

I always challenge myself to read 150 books a year, and for the past two years I've come up short. I think I might be able to do it this year, and right now I'm 8 books behind on my challenge, but I'm not too worried yet. I try to read for 45 minutes or an hour each day, because it's relaxing to me and I try to not stare at a screen right before I go to sleep. 

If I really don't like a book, I won't finish it. I try to make it at least 50 pages, but there are too many good books in the world to waste time on ones that really don't interest you. 



  1. I just picked up several classic books and I'm so excited to start reading them! I need to commit to spend more time reading each day.

  2. I agree completely with your post! I am the exact same way about books I don't love. I read constantly in high school but while in college I put reading on the back burner for a while since as an English major I had to read so much I would read "fun novels" over breaks only. I love following you on GoodReads and good luck on your challenge!

  3. Ahhhh Royar, I love this post! I've noticed that a lot of people don't really like Hemingway, which confuses me before I enjoy him quite a bit. I like that I can add a new member to the fan club. :) You are a much more disciplined reader than I am. Jealous.

  4. I love the idea of having a target for the no. of books you read per year, seems like a really motivational way to get reading.


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