I recently hit my Goodreads challenge for 2018. Technically, I hit my original goal about 50 books ago, but I raised it to 200 to be more inline with my current reading pace. My original goal was set at 150 books, purposefully down significantly from last year’s total books read of 247. I set a lower goal for myself so that I wouldn’t feel pressured to reach it and I thought it would free me to read books of higher quality and also set more realistic expectations towards having a social life. The reality was…not so much.
While I did actually get out of the house more, I have not necessarily raised the bar on my reading material, but I’m okay with that. I work in a high stress, customer facing field, I read books to decompress from that, so they aren’t always going to be the most high brow literature, but if I enjoy it, that’s all that matters to me.
I also go through phases or “kicks” as I like to call them, especially in regards to genre. This year I started with a big contemporary romance phase, switched over to historical romance from March to the beginning of July, then flipped it back to contemporary where I’ve set up camp until now, with several sub genres thrown in along the way.
So what about those classic rereads on my TBR for the year? I’m chagrined to report, Jane Eyre and The Chronicles of Narnia have yet to be reread as of yet. What about my reread of The Mortal Instruments and The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare in preparation for Queen of Air and Darkness, the final book in The Dark Artifices trilogy? Umm…I haven’t quite gotten there yet. The new book isn’t out until December 4th, I still have time, stop rushing me! What about the pile of ARCs lurking on my kindle, just waiting to be read and reviewed…haven’t gotten there yet either, but that’s okay, and here’s three reasons why:
The year isn’t over yet, there is still a chance I might knock some of these goals out in the next two months.
To date I’ve read over 200 books, which is nothing to sneeze at and also well over my reading challenge goal for the year.
It is great to set goals and challenges for yourself, especially with deadlines to help spur you into motion. It is also great to check in on those goals before the deadline, to give yourself realistic expectations of where you’ll be when it comes, or to help give you the push to make it.
I’m a huge believer in not wasting time or energy on things that don’t bring anything to your life. I read for many reasons, not the least of which is that it refuels my introverted soul. I read when I want to feel a specific way about something. I’ve been known to search for hours just to find the right book to pair with how I’m feel or want to feel. I used to try to slog through a book I wasn’t enjoying, just because I’d started it. Now, I give it about 50 pages and if I’m not feeling it, I pick up something new. I might go back to it eventually, but I might not. There are just too many good books out there to waste my time on one I’m not into.
What have I been reading since my last update? During my last detour among the contemporary pages, I flitted back and forth between several sub genres, including, romcoms, sports romance, new adult, and I even threw in some dark romance. Check out my Goodreads for more details, but here were a few of my favorites.
I read Arrogant Devil, Anything You Can Do, and The Foxe & The Hound, all by R.S. Grey, they were very fun romantic comedies. 4 Stars for each and lots of laughing out loud like a weirdo.
Honorable mentions in the romcom department include the How to Date a Douchebag books by Sara Ney, especially the first two, The Studying Hours, 4 Stars and The Failing Hours, 5 Stars. I also enjoyed To Love Jason Thorn and To Hate Adam Connor by Ella Maise, with 4 Stars.
For angst, drama, and a touch of darkness, I turned to L.J. Shen for 4 Star reads, Midnight Blue, Vicious, and Ruckus. I was total trash for Midnight Blue.
I think my favorite reads of the summer would have to be the two books of the Wingmen Inc. series by Rachel Van Dyken. I’m always onboard for a hate/love troupe, especially when accompanied by hilarious writing. 4 Stars for The Matchmaker’s Playbook and 5 Stars for The Matchmaker’s Replacement.