Huzzah. What a fun journey this challenge has been. Thanks to the pandemic, I had some time this year to reconnect to my love of reading. When I decided to take on this Goodreads challenge of reading 60 books this year, I was quite sure I would be able to complete it-whenever I had time I could always read pretty fast. And I’ve always been that little girl with her nose in books. Perhaps that is also you.
You can see my challenge on Goodreads. Here I would like to recap some highlights and lowlights.
Let’s start with the low first. Here are 3 titles I had mixed feelings about this year:
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Surprising eh. As much as I enjoyed the whole universe and the following Six of Crows duology and King of Scars duology, the first book which started it all was disappointing. I think it’s all because I watched the Netflix version first and had too high of an expectation!
- Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Sorry, but I actually had to stop reading this because I was too triggered by some underlying themes which rather bugged me. I might pick it up again sometime in the future, or I might not. I won’t push myself though.
- A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J Maas. This was hard to filter, because I couldn’t stop reading it when I was in the middle of it. However, reflecting back, it felt like eating way too many potato chips. You know, that bloated feeling afterwards.
To be fair to myself, I had many many more books that I enjoyed and loved than that I had mixed feelings about. This is good. This means I am better at picking which reads to invest in. So here are my 5 fave reads of from this challenge.
- Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. Lyrical, poignant, mysterious, and hair-chilling plot twist. Oh my. I get goosebumps remembering it.
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Definitely cried and laughed at the same time. Also has an excellent plot twist.
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I have Sherry to thank for this! The Lunar Chronicles is cemented in my heart forever.
- Cerita Carissa by Krisan Wijaya. One of very few Indonesian books I read, and this made me cry! Heartwarming, touching, very realistic fiction.
- The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner. Oh goodness. Eugenides and Irene, Attolis and Attolia, I am speechless.
And that’s my overview! I realized I read at a pace of about 6-8 books average per month, and I like this pace, so I will attempt to keep going and reading and enjoying!
How is your reading going this year?