The start of the new year is a perfect time to update my 2020 Reading Challenge
My Goodreads Reading Challenge
Every year over the past few years, I have taken the Goodreads Reading Challenge, a self imposed challenge, and I’ve kept track of all the books I’ve read during the year.
It’s not that difficult to do and it means I can always refer back to books, when I read them, and how I rated them. I don’t know about you but some books blend into each other, as do the years, so I need to keep track!
Are you on Goodreads too? You could always join me 🙂
I also keep a page on my blog with my 2020 books. It lists all my 100+ books read so far this year, and the star rating I’ve given each one, click the link below to read more:
My top rated books of the year – 5 stars
I don’t give 5 star ratings willy-nilly! So it’s no real surprise that out of the 103 books I’ve read, so far this year, only 15 books have made the cut.
Some of these included Children’s Picture Books which I discovered when I did a course on How to Write a Children’s Picture Book – The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, Macca the Alpaca and A Stack of Alpacas by Matt Cosgrove. These were great to read and the bonus is my grandchildren also get to enjoy them!
Another great children’s read was Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space by Toni Pike.
Discovering Joanne Tracey’s books – most I have given 5 stars because they are easy to read, fun and helped me get through some tough times throughout the year. I mention them here in my post: Friday Fiction #8
Graham Norton – I enjoy his TV show but I didn’t realise he was also an author and an OK one at that! I’ve now read all his books and gave 5 stars to Holding.
Other 5 star reads:
Wasteland by Terry Tyler – this was included in a Friday Fiction post I wrote in May featuring Confronting Reads
Grandmothers: Essays by 21st-century grandmothers by Helen Elliott. I used this as a basis for a series of posts in collaboration with my blogging friend Denyse. Grandmothers These Days and The dearest child is the child of your child
I’ve also enjoyed writing my Friday Fiction posts throughout the year and they can be found here.
I couldn’t get into Milkman although I was told to try it again. Not many others have disappointed me.
I now find myself in two book clubs – oh happy days!! – one with friends in my home town where we meet once a month and get books from the local library’s book club section and another will be an online bookclub starting early 2021 with some blogging friends. We will meet over Zoom and have set a book to read in an achievable time frame, discussing a certain number of pages every few weeks.
I’m also part of a huge Facebook bookclub page but I usually use it to trawl through for recommendations and reviews!
It was interesting to read in this group recently, how someone was bemoaning the fact that readers were posting about how many books they had read, and this person thought it was totally unnecessary to ‘brag’ about the number of books read. I record the books I read throughout the year for my benefit only, not as competition or for boasting rights – everyone reads at different paces and for a variety of reasons – to me it’s all about challenging myself and escaping the world. What are your thoughts?
So what have been your favourite books from 2020?
I’d love to hear what you’re reading. And as always, any recommendations are welcome.
Happy reading, I now have to think about how many books I’ll set for my 2021 reading challenge!
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