Thursday, 1 January 2015

2015 Reading Challenge



This year, I will be participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge for the first time. I've fallen out of the habit in recent years of spending my spare time just reading a book, as I described in my New Year's Resolutions post.

My aim is to read 40 or more books in the 365 days of 2015. This may be a lot or a little to some people. Personally, I don't know how well I'll do. Without boasting, I'm a speedy reader, but this will be cancelled out by a lack of spare time whilst at uni.


Preferably, I'd like to read a variation of genres. Autobiographies and true stories are a very new concept to me, but very enjoyable nonetheless. I'll begin my 2015 reading challenge with the most recent autobiography of one of my favourite professional wrestlers, Chris Jericho - 'The Best In The World: At What I Have No Idea'. I'm cheating a bit as I began reading this yesterday on the 31st, but the first few chapters have been very Jericho. His writing is just as humourous as his speaking, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of his anecdotes. 'I Am Malala' and magician Dynamo's 'Nothing Is Impossible' are also on my to-read list.

When choosing a new book to embark on the journey of reading, I am drawn instantly to series. However, I have not yet read the most popular trilogy of last year, the 'Divergent' series. I was umming and ahhing over these books, as I gave in to the hype with the Hunger Games trilogy which was a fun read, but didn't wow me. Quite a few people have now recommended the Veronica Roth series to me, so this year I'll try to give them a go. I will try to finish the 'Hush Hush' series by Becca Fitzpatrick - I read the first when it was released back in 2009 but didn't pick up any of the sequels. Now that I'm aware of another three books following from the original, I'm anticipating the adventures of Nora and Patch.

I also want to read as many stand alone novels as possible in the upcoming year. There are some raved about books that I feel I need to read, from 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' by Stephen Chbosky to 'Eleanor and Park' by Rainbow Rowell to '1984' by George Orwell. After reading John Green's 'Looking For Alaska' last year, I'm itching for another of his books to have a good cry to, so I'll likely read another one or two of them. 

If anyone has any good recommendations for books that I need to read this year, please let me know! I'm always looking for new fictional worlds and characters to grow attached to!


4 comments:

  1. Good luck with your new reading goals! I'm aiming to finish 60 books this year but I'm worried I won't be able to finish with the increased amount of university to balance. Definitely check out the Divergent series!

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    1. Thank you! That's my biggest worry too, it's so difficult juggling everything! I'll need to read it soon, everyone is recommending it :) good luck!

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  2. Good luck chummy! I beat my challenge of 30 books last year by reading 32 so I've upped it to 35 books for 2015. If you're looking for a good cry, look no further than Perks of Being a Wallflower, it's one of my favourites!

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    1. Thanks lovely! I'm hoping 40 isn't being unrealistically ambitious but I guess we'll find out? I've been meaning to read it for years and never gotten round to it, but if you recommend it then it must be good!

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