It’s nearly the end of 2017, and it’s time to give an update on the Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge that I began in January!
This year I chose to challenge myself and read 20 books, which may seem like a lot to some. And I definitely made the effort! But did I meet that goal?
Yes! I read exactly 20 pieces of literature. And I’m expecting to finish one more book before the year is over. Sound the applause, I’m taking a bow!
In the early months of the year when I was still recovering from my intense health scare, I took full advantage of my local library and borrowed books from nearby friends, which definitely helped me get through the challenge rather quickly.
Then I decided to try Book of the Month, a subscription box service that will deliver books right to your doorstep, and that helped me out when I didn’t feel like a trip to the library after working all day.
I finished the challenge in early November, and I will admit I started slacking on my reading once I read the last book to complete the challenge. But I really did need a break. Times got busier with planning a wedding and the holidays, and my favorite TV shows came out with new seasons, so novels were placed on a back burner.
Here’s what I read this year:
I definitely got more into reading memoirs this year, and they didn’t disappoint. I loved learning more about Phil Collins, Sue Perkins, Lauren Graham, and Malala Yousafzai. Those books surprised me, opened my eyes to a lot of different things, and also made me laugh. I’d definitely recommend them!
I read two books series this year: The Selection and The Lunar Chronicles. The Selection books were very quick reads, enjoyable, but much more geared toward teenagers. Very cutesy. The Lunar Chronicles I really loved because of the creativity of the story and intertwining of each book. I wonder if they will ever become movies.
My least favorite was definitely The Cherry Harvest mostly due to the unlikable characters — mostly the main character, the mother. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anybody.
I definitely plan on starting the 2018 challenge as soon as possible, but I’m not sure how many books I’m going to challenge myself to read. Just thinking about reading more than 20 gives me a bit of anxiety! Maybe I’ll just stick to this number. What do you think?
Did you take part in the challenge this year? And even if you didn’t, how many did you read? Which were your favorites?
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