Reading has always been a love of mine, and a hobby I approach pretty casually, but this year I decided to challenge myself to finish more novels.
Each year, the website Goodreads offers a reading challenge to its users for fun and to help encourage them to read more and discover new genres or books. This year I have challenged myself to read 20 books during 2017, which thinking about it now seems quite a lofty goal. But I think I can do it, thanks to my nearby library that seems to carry just about everything I want.
Goodreads is a great site, simply for organizational purposes. You can keep track of the books you’ve read, are currently reading, and want to read, and you can review and rate books you’ve finished. It also connects you with friends (via Facebook or other outlets) and you can see what they’re reading and their reviews as well, which can provide you with more ideas for yourself. No more walking into a store or library and forgetting what you wanted to read! That used to happen to me all the time. Now, I just pull up the site on my phone and go down the list.
Lately I’ve been really loving YA (young adult) fiction novels, but I’ve also been more interested in biographies and memoirs, especially when a few of my favorite celebrities have recently released books.
Here’s a list of novels I plan to read this year:
- Not Dead Yet — Phil Collins (currently reading!)
- Talking as Fast as I Can — Lauren Graham
- The Song Rising — Samantha Shannon (part of The Bone Season series; publishes in March)
- The Lunar Chronicles — Marissa Meyer
- I’ll Give You the Sun — Jandy Nelson
- Love & Gelato — Jenna Evans Welch
Here are some recommendations to get you started on your own 2017 reading challenge:
- The Bone Season Series — Samantha Shannon
- Fangirl — Rainbow Rowell
- Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: and Other Things I’ve Learned — Alan Alda
- Since She Went Away — David Bell
- The Book of Lost Things — John Connolly
So, why not challenge yourself to read more this year and set a goal? Even if you don’t quite reach the end number, you’ll still reap the benefits of having your nose stuck in a book for a while. It’s not a bad place to be. Books smell wonderful! And if you use an e-reader…just use your imagination.
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