I have a confession. I am a slow reader. My reading habit is to go to bed with the book, by which point I am falling asleep from a full day of writing, marketing and teaching and can barely finish a chapter. Occasionally, I have some time on the weekends to sit on my sofa with a book, but more often than not, I am just busy meeting friends or working on my projects.
If I remember rightly, I did not meet my Goodreads challenge of 2018. I managed eight books out of my target of ten. Pathetic. Can I justify that by saying five were super long and the equivalent of two shorter books? Oh, and the fact that my life was pretty hectic last year.
For 2019, I set my goal at a realistic twelve—one per month—and I am proud to say I have reached my goal early!
WOHOO!! CELEBRATION CUPCAKE!
Perhaps I will get one more in this year—I say one because I am currently reading a book that seems as long as the Bible—and a sequel to one of the tomes of 2018.
I am still ashamed of my book count. A Goodreads user suggested that I double my goal for 2020. I am tempted by the challenge, but finishing two books per month seems an unrealistic challenge—unless I deliberately pick short length books! Since 2018’s goal was 10 and 2019’s goal was 12, and I think I could have gone higher.
Therefore, I think I will set my 2020 reading challenge as 15! That seems reasonable, right?
Now, let me give you a rundown of what I read this year and some thoughts.
1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I heard so much about this author it was about time for me to check her out. Absolutely my favourite book this year. There were moments I felt confused by the randomness of the world, Hunger Games meets Fairytale meets Way of Shadows but finally, I got into it and ordered the second book while reading—I suffered a book hangover for a few days after finishing. The main character is relatable and tolerable (female leads can really annoy me), and the two main men by her side are great. Can't wait to read the next in the series.
2. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
I picked this up for three reasons: It is short. It is by a Korean author. I don't read literary fiction and wanted to give it a shot.
Plus it has such high praise! NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Publisher's Weekly • Buzzfeed • etc... blah blah...
My thoughts. I finished it feeling highly confused and weirded out. I gave it a generous 2 stars simply for writing style.
Not for me.
3. The Ultimate Agent by Derek Borne
Written by a fellow author friend of course I had to check it out.
Full of action, adventure and romance, this book is doesn't stop!
Perhaps fans of The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson will dig it.