Does anyone else set a reading goal for the year? For the last two years I have managed to make it happen. If you are not on Goodreads then you might want to take a look at it. It's a great place for keeping track of what you read.
At the beginning of the year you can set a goal to read a certain amount of books. You can update your progress as you read. For 2019, I have set a goal to read twenty books, one non-fiction and one fiction concurrently. So I will always have two books on the go.
I'm currently reading a book titled "How Not to Write a Novel" by Howard Mittlemark and Sandra Newman. So far it is very entertaining. Examples of poor writing are given so that you can see what not to do. I have a feeling that I will be able to learn a lot from this book.
As far as the manuscript is going: I haven't written much past two thousand words. But, I have been getting some good ideas and have been writing them down. Also, I have been working on optimizing this blog website so that you can eventually find this post. I will be coming up with good ideas for posts as I continue to write. Stay tuned.