2019 reading challenge


Every year I do the Goodreads challenge where I set a goal of how many books I plan to read through the year and track my progress. I like Goodreads because you can see what your friends are reading for inspiration or check out the recommendations you get based on books you’ve read in the past.

I always aim to read 50 books in a year and will sometimes read a few more than that. I generally have two to three books going at the same time. I’ll have an audiobook I listen to when I’m walking, a paperback or digital book for commuting, and an oversized or hardback book at my nightstand.

I like to alternate between fiction and non fiction. I’ve been part of book clubs in the past and am currently part of a book club at work which is fun. The great thing about book clubs is it challenges you to read books you wouldn’t have picked up otherwise. Last year I wouldn’t have read How to Change Your Mind  by Michael Pollan or The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin had it not been for my book club.

I never know that books I’m going to read in a given year. I’ll make some plans but then a new book will come out from an author I enjoy or I’ll pick up something on a whim or recommendation.

I just finished Year of Yes by Shonda Rimes so one down and 49 to go!

What are you reading this year?

Happy new year

Paula Wine

Several months ago I posted that I was going to be shutting down this blog and starting a new one. Well plans have changed a little.

I have launched a new site, which I hope you will check out. www.nycpaula.com is where I will be posting about everything New York. So if you live in NYC, are planning a visit, or are an armchair traveler I hope you’ll check it out. I’m posting about things that are off the beaten path. You’ll find restaurant reviews, museum exhibit recaps, stores and events that you’d only find in NYC.

It wasn’t my original intention to continue with ModSpinster, but as I was building my new site I received some feedback from existing readers and from people who discovered some of my posts through word of mouth. People were interested in reading my past articles on recipes I tried, bullet journaling ideas, etc. Those topics don’t fit in to my new site so I’ve decided to keep ModSpinster going. I’ll be posting everything that is not NYC specific here.

I was touched to hear from people who said they missed reading this blog. As a writer I live in a bit of a bubble where whether I post a blog piece or get an article published I assume that other than myself the only ones who read it are friends and family I have badgered. So thank you for reading. I hope you check out NYC Paula too.

Happy New Year!