Hello! Welcome to a new year, my friends. Per my new and old self, I figured the best kind of post to start the new year on the blog would be one of the Hot Reads variety! So much reading has been done since my last Hot Reads update. A bunch to get to, so I’ll cut to the chase. And then I’ll give y’all a sneak peek at what my 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge looks like!
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2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge
Last year my goal was to read 40 books. You see the first year I participated in the challenge, I set it at 30. Each year after I figure to add an additional 5 books to that goal. Well, that kind of spoils what my next goal will be, but I wanted to show you that you don’t have to put too much thought into it. Another way you could go about it is to average a certain number of books per month. Say, two books per month sounds like a good goal, well then put 24 books as your challenge. In reality you may read three one month and only one or none in other months.
Somehow this past year, I got on a reading frenzy during the spring and fall. That helped me to blow my goal out of the water. In the end, I read 52 books last year! Woohoo!
- A Beautiful Poison by Lydia King
- The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
- P.S. From Paris by Marc Levy
- The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
- Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
- The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis
- Resisting Happiness by Matthew Kelly
- The Expats by Chris Pavone
- Persuader by Lee Child
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The list does not include books from my OG authors (L’Amour, Baldacci, Connelly, and Evanovich). That would make my favorites list a little long! Don’t worry at the very end of this post, I will list all of the books I read in 2017, if your curious.
Only a few disappointed:
- The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman
- Fly Me by Daniel Riley
- The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
Before anyone starts yelling at me for not loving or liking All the Light We Cannot See, I want to give a bit of a disclaimer, or two. First, I have always struggled with books from that time period. Second, I do feel that one day, I’ll circle back around and reread it, and most likely appreciate it more. The only true flop, in my eyes, was Fly Me. Never have I despised a book so much for wasting my time!
Over the last couple of years, my love of series has grown. I have always appreciated when a there are books to follow. In 2016, I made it a point to read the entire Lonesome Dove saga. Though those four books took up a ton of my time, being a series, they were rich and complex. In 2017, I added a couple of series to the list, but a few existing remain.
- The Sacketts – Louis L’Amour
- Will Robie – David Baldacci
- Amos Decker – David Baldacci
- John Puller – David Baldacci
- Mickey Haller – Michael Connelly
- Harry Bosch – Michael Connelly
- Fox & O’Hare – Janet Evanovich
- Jack Reacher – Lee Child
Do you have a favorite series? Comment below! I want to know if there are anymore worth diving into.
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer – as difficult as it is to pick a favorite, this is one I definitely would read again.
A Beautiful Poison by Lydia King
Easiest to Read
Any of the Baldacci books
Most Read Author
David Baldacci (7), Louis L’Amour (6), Michael Connelly (5)
What Am I Reading Now?
A couple of weeks into 2018 and I have already checked a couple of books off of my Reading Challenge. Finally I finished the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur. This book was much-anticipated after I loved milk and honey so much. This one was good but didn’t fully live up to my expectations.
Also, I finished Killing Floor by Lee Child, the first in the Jack Reacher series. I am officially hooked. Like Baldacci’s characters, Child created Jack Reacher to be realistic, not perfect, but not dumb either. I am looking forward to reading the next as soon as I get my hands on it.
Along with a couple of coworkers, I am reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Only 25 pages in, but completely intrigued. Feels as though it will be an easy read. We shall see if that turns out to be the case.
Even though, I read 52 books last year, I plan to stick to my 5 book/year increase to my Goodreads Reading Challenge. Therefore, my goal is 45 books. Overall, I can’t recommend this Reading Challenge to you enough. It’s fun, makes you accountable and is easy to use.
What is on your reading list?
As always looking forward to hearing from y’all!
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