My 2016 Reading Challenge: Progress Update

Every year, I join the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I love it – the goal of reading so many books, the widget, the sense of accomplishment for every book I read. I’ve met my goal just about every year since I started in 2011 (2012 was the only year I didn’t). My goal isn’t always the same, but both last year and this year I’ve gone for 100.

100 books in a year is a lot, I know. Last year I managed to surpass it, with 105. Some of those were shorter, but still, that’s a lot of reading.

This year….I’m behind by 9 books.

May status

I’ll admit, logging in and seeing that is driving me insane. A couple months ago I wasn’t concerned, back when I was only 4 or 5 behind. I knew I’d make it up. Now, I’m anxious. It’s May, and I’m behind!!!

Breathe. It’ll be ok.

Anyway, I’m plugging along – now, anyway. The beginning of the year was hard for me to get into reading. I didn’t feel like it, and I wasn’t crazy about most of what I was reading. But I’m starting to pick back up and make some real progress, so I’m hopeful.

I’m at 26 read for the year so far, and thought it might be fun to give you a little glimpse of some of the memorable and not-so memorable ones. If you’re interested, you can see all of them on my Goodreads page.

Books I’ve Loved

Secrets of a Charmed Life

So it’s May, and I have read exactly ONE five-star book. Last year I had 12, so that should tell you how badly I’m struggling this year. Anyway, I already talked about this book a few months ago, but since it’s the lone 5-star, I figured I’d mention it again.

In case you’re wondering, I’ve had one 4-star too….Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance.

Books I Should Have Loved but Couldn’t Stand

Should Have Loved but Hated

Ugh. All three of these. I know, I know. Everyone loves them. Everyone except me, that is.

And actually, the reasons I didn’t love them are fairly similar across all three. The writing was¬†lazy. The characters were unsympathetic and ingratiating. The stories were boring and poorly paced.

Not liking Malala makes me feel like a jerk, but honestly, I thought there was very little about HER in the book. And yeah, I know she’s still young, but maybe she should have waited to write a book until there was more to write about.

The 5th Wave was so damn melodramatic that I think the movie is probably better.

And Fangirl? Sweet Jesus spare me.

Books that Surprised Me

Surprised Me

Hehe, I just realized these are actually kind of similarly themed books. Not intentional, though both were book club picks (and no, our book club doesn’t have an obsession with skeevy men, it just happened).

Lolita was our pick for Classics, and while it wasn’t an easy read, it surprised me in that I actually somewhat enjoyed it. Do I ever want to read it again? Nope. Am I glad I read it? Yep.

Down the Rabbit Hole was our pick for Hate Read, which truthfully we struggled with a bit. The idea was to pick a book that would have something we hated in it, whether that was a theme, character, etc. I had zero expectations going into this book, had never watched the show, and knew nothing about Playboy. To say it was an eye-opener is an understatement. It was an easy read, and a bit like living vicariously. And believe it or not, made for a really good book club discussion.

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