Since I joined Goodreads (the popular book reviewing site known to most readers) in 2014, I’ve done two reading challenges – one in 2016, a year during which I had plenty of time to read, and one in 2017, a year during which I had to fight hard to squeeze in time to read.
In my experience, a reading challenge has its advantages and its disadvantages for any reader, but especially for busy ones. I’m somewhat hesitant about doing a reading challenge this year because I didn’t enjoy the experience in 2017 (though to be fair, there were a lot of things I didn’t enjoy last year, so my reading goals may have been collateral damage).
As I sat down to draft this post, I thought to myself: What are the reasons to participate in a reading challenge or to refrain from so much as pledging a single book? Note that this is a spontaneous compilation of pros and cons. I’m sure there are plenty more arguments for pros and cons than those I’ve mentioned. You’re more than welcome to share your own thoughts in the comments!
Hi. I don’t really know how to start this because a) I just came back from Singapore (14 hour flight) and am sleep-deprived and b) I’ve been away from here for WAAAY too long and I don’t really have a proper explanation or justification. All I can say is that I love all of you reading this and that I hope that you still care somewhat about my book-related thoughts.
Also: Happy new year!! I hope that 2018 will be the year when all your dreams come true and your lives will be filled with love, laughter and happiness <3
I will be writing a couple of posts wrapping up the 2017 reading year which has also been my worst reading year (in regard to quantity) since I started writing reviews on Goodreads. I set my reading challenge to 50 books this year but only ended up reading 40. What upsets me more however, is the fact that I somewhat abandoned the blog and left Nina on her own. I’m not usually the type of person to neglect a commitment so this is something I hope to remedy in the new year.
So, this is it. 2017 has come to an end. To be frank, I’m not sad to see it go. This year has thrown so many obstacles my way, and as if that wasn’t enough, I found the quality of the books I read to be quite lacking as well. There were a couple of gems among my reads I’d like to talk about, but first, let me give you a quick overview of my 2017 in general.
Life in 2017. I could write an essay about the things that made me feel sad, angry, or helpless this year. But I do not wish to dwell on the negative experiences I had this year. Instead, I’d like to mention a few things that brought me joy or made me proud: I made new friends in and across fields of study at my university. I worked hard and reaped the reward in form of very good grades. I took a class to improve my Spanish. I went skiing a lot last winter, so I spent a lot of time doing a sport I love with people I love. I travelled to several cities and countries in Europe I’d never been to – including Valencia, Edinburgh, London, and the Cyclades (Greece) – and got to visit my co-blogger Chantal in the UK for the first time since she’d moved there to pursue her studies. I also experienced one positive thing related to the painful cards 2017 has dealt me: The unwavering support of family and friends.
Books in 2017. In terms of books, I’ve read more diversely this year, but not necessarily because I picked more diverse genres. At least half of the books I read were of the fantasy genre, which means that diversity is not something that is reserved for contemporaries anymore. It makes me so happy that we now encounter diverse individuals across genres. This is a step forward in the battle for realistic representation in literature. I ended up reaching my goal of reading 50 books but it was close! I read 22 books featuring people of ethnicities other than Caucasian as their main characters and half of those were people of colour. I read 17 books featuring LGBTQ+ characters. I read books by 21 authors who identify as members of minority groups. I read at least 7 books featuring mental health issues or disabilities, and 3 books with disfigured characters. I read 3 short stories, two comic books, and a poetry collection. To draw a conclusion to my reading of 2017, I’d like to present and talk about the five books that impressed me or stuck with me most this year. The books are ordered alphabetically and clicking on the titles will lead you to my reviews of the respective books.
Hello fellow book enthusiasts! So, this time of the year we’d usually be posting a massive list of upcoming anticipated releases of ours, but as it turns out, the list is rather short this time around. Have a snoop in the selection of books we’re looking forward to, or at least mildly curious about, in the coming winter of 2017/2018 (winter being December, January, and February where we live). The books are ordered by release date and clicking on the titles will lead you to the respective Goodreads pages or to our review (if there is one). Should you find this list lacking one of your anticipated books to be published in the coming months, please direct our attention to said release(s) in the comments! Since we have an unhealthy obsession with adding books to our TBR, as do most of you, we always welcome recommendations 🙂