My Year in Books

So this year I decided to use Goodreads to set myself a reading challenge as I felt that I was getting distracted by the internet way too much and that my reading was suffering.

Here’s the list in full.

Quite an eclectic bunch of titles I think. Some are novels I’ve always wanted to read but hadn’t got round to (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep, American Gods), some were bought on a whim with the supermarket shop (The Minaturist, All The Light That We Cannot See) and others  have been continually brought to my attention over the years as “must reads” (The Alchemist). Some were free Kindle books that I read on holiday (80 Days Around the World, The War of The Worlds) and others were found whilst shelf tidying (I work in a library) and I’d either heard good things about or was intrigued by the blurb (Gormenghast, Farmegeddon)

Here are the winners and losers of this years challenge, in my opinion of course!

Favourite Read (even though it’s book 2 of a trilogy but didn’t know until a few chapters in!)

Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake

Disappointed by:

The Alchemist – Paul Coelho

Pleasant Surprise:

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Made me laugh out Loud:

How To Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran

Best re visited:

Reaper Man – Terry Pratchett (RIP TERRY)

Author I will not be reading more of in a hurry:

Haruki Murakami – Norwegian Wood

Everyone Should Read:

Farmageddon – Philip Lymbery & Isabel Oakeshott

Seeing me into 2016:

The shark and The albatross – John Aitchison




4 thoughts on “My Year in Books

  1. The opening paragraph has me curious. Did you agree to read for a set amount of time every day or limit your internet procrastination time? Maybe a little of both? Or nothing so uniform, just a rejuvenated mind set?

    I am currently pondering setting myself set reading times to stop the procrastination.


    • I don’t have the discipline to read a set amount every day. What I did do was pick up a book whenever I felt the need to unnecessarily check social media or browse mindlessly. I found that over time a new habit formed, one that was far more enjoyable. What I found most important was that I knew what book I would be reading next (and had it ready!) so that I didn’t fall back into bad habits!. Good luck with your goals, I will definitely be taking up the challenge in 2016. Goodreads is great because you also have that visual stimulus to spur you on! 🙂

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  2. I think my reading suffers because of the internet too. Definitely want to read more and have got a list to work through. Looking forward to reading All The Light We Cannot See. It was also recommended to me a lot and I bought it this week. Looks interesting.

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