One of the first things I did in the beginning of the year was set a reading goal for myself. I usually set one every year, but I don’t always complete it. So this year, I decided to to challenge myself to read 30 books.
When setting a goal always set one that you know you will be able to complete. Everyone has a different way of reading and that can affect completing the goal. When it comes to the way I read, I knew that 30 books was an acceptable goal. I read the most in the beginning and middle of the year and it always tapers off towards the end.
A reading goal is a great way to encourage reading especially if you do not read much. There are many great apps for tracking your reading or maybe you enjoy writing them down on paper, but the one that works the best for me is Goodreads. I might check out a few others in the new year and see how I like it.
I completed my goal in September and my counter on Goodreads for 2018 ended at 32. Before I set my goal for the next year I wanted to recap my top 5 favorite books from the list. When I looked back at the books I rated 5 stars, there were a few I forgot about.
The first two books in this list fall into the contemporary category and they are both Young Adult novels. Save the Date by Morgan Matson is a lovely YA contemporary novel that I just fell right into the universe of Charlie Grant, her dysfunctional family, and her convoluted love life. Emergency Contact is another novel that I fell in love with right away for a multitude of reasons. I did write a review of this book that you can check out here.
The Other three books are in the fantasy category but are split into middle grade and adult fantasy respectively. The Sword of Summer and The Dark Prophecy are both written by Rick Riordan, but are about different characters and mythologies (Norse and Greek respectively). Of course it all takes place in the same universe, so it is always fun to see who might show up. If you are a mythology junkie like me than you should definitely pick up any of his series. He has even started presenting other writers to write fantasy books about their own cultures. I’m really excited to read Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee.
The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky is a more adult fantasy novel that was actually recommended to me by a worker at Barnes and Noble when he saw me carrying the last couple of books to the Lost Hero Series by Rick Riordan. The book centers itself around Selene Di Silva, a goddess going by a different name, living in Manhattan when a series of murders start to look familiar to her. It involves Greek Gods, cults, and much more. It is a much darker companion to the first two books I talked about, but just as good.
One Book that I didn’t rate five stars, but you should definitely pick up is Warcross by Marie Lu. I did do a review on this books if you would like to check it out (Add Link). This novel is a great hacker/gamer story where you are not quite sure who to trust. If you enjoyed this book then you don’t have to worry about waiting for the sequel since it is already out. I can’t wait to dive into this book next year.
My goal for the next year is going to be 40 books. Let me know in the comments if you are creating a goal and what book you are looking forward to reading the most.