Last year I participated in the Good Reads 2015 challenge! The idea is to set yourself a goal number of books to read by the end of the year and as you work your way through the books, you update your progress. It’s a very simple concept but it’s surprisingly good at motivating you to make time to read – after all, reaching your target is the whole point (actually it’s about reading more and enjoying books, but I’m far too competitive to let that be it’s soul purpose). Despite my competitiveness, last year I failed to reach my
very low target of 20 books. 20 books – in the whole year! I didn’t even make it that far. I did however make it to around 16 books I think, so it could have been a lot worse.
This year I am, of course, taking part once again! I’ve set myself the same target in the real hope that I will be able to absolutely smash it!
As a busy mother and partner, sometimes it’s hard to make time for reading. I am really not the fastest reader, unlike James (my OH), who reads at some ridiculous 500 words per minute (definitely beating my 250 words per minute average). So, as much as I am ashamed to admit it, sometimes I feel like I anger myself and put myself off reading – all because it takes me a little while to get through even just a 300 page long book. However, at long last, I have come to realise that the speed at which you read doesn’t matter, so long as you carry on reading!
I read to Luke all the time! I make sure that books are a part of his every day routine, because as we all know, reading is important. So why can’t I find just an hour or so a day to read?
During 2016 I will smash my goal – here are 15 of the books I am most excited to read this year!
- Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner
- The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan
- Life With A Sprinkle Of Glitter by Louise Pentland
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken: The Smart Girl’s Break-Up Buddy by Greg Behrendt
- Confess by Colleen Hoover
- My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs
- City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
- Bossypants by Tina Fey
Obviously my goal is 20 books and, sadly, there’s no guarantee these great books are all going to make it to the list by the end of the year. Never the less, these are the books that I am very excited to read – whether that will be this year or not. Some have been on my “to read” list for years, so maybe I will start with them first! I am especially eager to read: The Book Thief; Confess; Cinder; Bossypants and The Maze Runner.
Do you participate in the Good Reads challenge, or do you fancy giving it a go? The first link in this post pops you over to my Good Reads profile where you can have a nosey at my books, and even (because I only have one) befriend me!
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