As the title suggests, I set myself a book goal, specifically a Goodreads goal to read 55 books this year. At the time, it seemed achievable as last year I read 52 (an improvement from the year before) and so I thought this trend might continue. Not quite the case as there can, of course, be factors such as book lengths, stress, and well, stress that affect reading.
It did come to various points in the year where I’d check my progress and see figures such as ‘6 books behind’ or I think my worst was ‘8 books behind’ because I really just hadn’t felt like picking up a book, and then consequently snap into a frenzy of reading the shortest books I could find. This kind of reading behaviour was certainly not desirable and put me into more of a slump; I was getting little satisfaction after finishing a book- that I never particularly wanted to read- and still remained behind schedule.
Currently, as I’m writing with 5 more days of the year, I am 87% through my challenge with 48/55 read. And to be honest, I now don’t really mind.
Could that be acceptance in the air?
Yes, no more will the frenzy grip me as the year comes to a close. Because now a fresh start is in sight, and there’s even less pressure on next year having not completed my goal this year. I experienced a gross and out of hand feeling of seeing myself behind for the whole of 2017, and I have now come to accept that it doesn’t matter if I don’t complete every challenge I set. I shot for the moon and fell among the stars -as the factually dubious saying goes.
And what did the stars hold for me? Well, I had the honour of giving 13 books that glorious 5-star rating. As I’m a bit lazy I’ll just list them in order of reading for now, but if anyone wants a review- all you have to do is ask!
- Incomparable by Andrew Wilson ~ I briefly talk about what this is and why I wanted to read it here~
- The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson ~ A rather hilarious historical romp~
- The Language Web: The Power and Problem of Words – The 1996 BBC Reith Lectures by Jean Aitchison ~Fundamental for an English Language student~
- King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard ~I say why I enjoyed the first book here in my 2016 wrap up, as well as some of the plot here ~
- Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie ~You can thank Slightly for this high rating~
- Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone #1) by Leigh Bardugo ~If only the rest of the books were as captivating as the series’ villain~
- Grace by Richard Paul Evans ~Gives you that warm feeling~
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie ~a.k.a the only Christie murderer I’ve correctly guessed~
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel ~Pi is a fantastic character, it’s a beautiful story~
- Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will by Kevin DeYoung ~Easier to read than to apply, that’s for sure~
- The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking #2) by Patrick Ness ~You there, yeh you- read this series~
- Esther: Silent but Sovereign by Carolyn Lacey ~I talk about this useful series here under the heading ‘Ezekiel: For His Glory’~
- Christmas Uncut by Carl Lafterton ~wow it’s almost like Christmas is worth celebrating~
So there we have it, some gems will come to you no matter how Goodreads says you’re doing.
An out of reach goal is just an opportunity to push yourself to do better, and certainly not something to cause you any grief.
So thank you for reading! I hope you too can look back on 2017 and see some good, whatever may have happened along the way. xx