Goodreads Annual Reading Challenge

Tuesday, January 05, 2016
For the last 3 years I've taken part in the Goodreads Annual Reading Challenge. I've always managed a good number of books, usually beating my target. But 2015 was the first time that I've not achieved my goal. Although, not for lack of trying :( So I thought I would do a little bit of a breakdown.

Goodreads Annual Reading Challenge

I've had a Goodreads account since 2013. I love it. It's honestly the only website that I visit regularly and can spend hours browsing without getting bored. The account is free and doesn't require much time to set up but sorting out your recommendations pages is a bit of a pain. But once that's done, it's done. It allows the user to interact with friends and other book lovers, read reviews, find new things to read and follow their favourite authors. I've come across a handful of writers I love that I never would have discovered without this website. Namely, independent author Nenia Campbell.

In January I set myself a modest goal of 35 books, compared to other years, and started out pretty well. In fact, by April I was halfway done. Then life inevitably got in the way and I had to put my reading list on hold. In the end I finished 33 out of 35. Which is nothing to be sniffed at I suppose, but I can't help but feel slightly miffed that I didn't get my little congratulatory Completed banner.

The reason I take part is simple: I love books. Plus having a goal encourages me to do more reading, which I had definitely neglected in 2015. In fact, I watched more TV shows than ever. It was a Netflix binge of a year. Goodreads also gives you recommendations based on your read and to-read lists, usually a lot of them are a bit rubbish but you do get some crackers popping up. If you're really into reading, its definitely worth a go. I also like to look at other peoples lists and compare what we're reading - because I'm a bit of a book snob on the sly. I can't count the number of times I've seen someone's list and internally winced, Ew, you're reading THAT? 

Goodreads Annual Reading Challenge

But in all seriousness, its a great tool for people who want to read more and those who struggle with finding something that interests them.

I accessed Goodreads predominantly on the laptop, but I also have the app on my Kindle Fire and I had it on my phone but I rarely tend to use it for reading anymore. The Kindle app leaves a lot to be desired so unless that's your sole internet access point, I wouldn't recommend it. It's really easy to add, update and review books on each method and although I don't review books very often, its nice to have the option.

You can view my 2015 Challenge here. For funs' sake, I'll include my reading list below. Please bare in mind that I chose a lot of short, easy reads as I didn't have much time so try not to judge me too harshly lol.

Honorable mentions to Free to Fall by Lauren Miller and Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz as I never finished them.

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