Where have I been? Reading in a wood, mostly.

23 Jan

Ah, London. How many more ways can I find to spend my time in you?

Between attending some beautiful weddings of good friends (very fun) , working away at my day job (also pretty fun), and you know, having a social life, I spent the last year or so trying to read more, and write more fiction, and spend less time watching TV and knitting. I love TV and knitting too, but I did a lot of that in Korea.

I realised my first year back in the UK that I only read 12 books that entire year. About four of those I read over two months in the summer. There were huge periods of time where I wasn’t currently reading ANYTHING. That was so unlike me, and I felt like I’d missed out. So to encourage myself to watch less forgettable TV and read more things, I set myself a Goodreads Challenge.

People seem to be torn on reading challenges like this, but I say if it works for you, fuck it. Yeah, I tried to hit that target (I set myself the challenge of doubling my total, and reading 24 books in 2014). Yeah I put down books I wasn’t into, and I picked short books up instead of epics sometimes, and I read them faster than I might have. But all that didn’t stop me highlighting, discussing, absorbing and enjoying them. In striving to reach that target I found a way to motivate myself to put down the remote, turn off Netflix, and take on the more active task of engaging with a book.

I didn’t hit my target. I read 20 books last year (including graphic novels/collected comic paperbacks). For the curious, you can see them here: https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/1141045. Not bad I reckon. 9/20 women (poor, not even 50%). 18/20 white (very poor, must try harder). I think The Goldfinch was my favourite this year, but True Grit was a close second, with Wool in third. Worst book I read? A tie between the frustrating The Fault in Our Stars or the self-mythologising Ocean at the End of the Lane.

I’m setting myself the same target for 2015. 24 books in 12 months. This time I also want to read more female authors than male, and more non-white authors. I would say ONLY female authors, but I have a couple of comics lined up that I really want to read. This new rule might mean 2015 is another year I don’t re-read the Lord of the Rings. Maybe I’ll re-read Harry Potter instead. That’ll bump the books-by-female-authors quota up.

I’m currently reading Moby Dick, which is kind of a terrible start. Although I’ve never read it before and I’m kind of enjoying it a lot so far.

What about you? Do you set yourself reading goals? What do you want to read more of this year? And what was your favourite book of 2014?


One Response to “Where have I been? Reading in a wood, mostly.”

  1. monicast 21/04/2015 at 8:50 am #

    I started doing Goodreads challenges last year and I also started putting down books I didn’t love and it helped me read faster and more books total. This year I am on track so I’m pretty happy. I am in the process of moving all my books and extra stuff to Korea, so I guess it’s just me and my Kindle until I get there!

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