Why I’m Not Doing a Goodreads Challenge for 2018

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For the last few years, I’ve done a Goodreads reading challenge each year. For those who are unfamiliar, Goodreads allows you to set a goal for the number of books you’d like to read throughout the year and when you mark a book as completed, it will add it to your total for the year.

While I’m still going to count the number of books I’ll be reading just to see where I end up at the end of the year, I’m not going to be setting a goal this year. I want to take the stress out of reading and go back to fully enjoying it, focus on quality over quantity, and feel okay with not finishing every book I start without feeling guilty about all of the reading time I wasted on it.

One of the most important factors in my decision is that I just like to read long books. I don’t like reading short books just for the sake of increasing my total (though there are plenty of short books that I love as well). I’d rather read what I’m in the mood to read rather than read lots of short books because I’m trying to reach my goal.

Another reason I’m not doing the challenge is that I hate comparing how much I read with how many books others are able to read. I have struggled for the last two years to reach my goal of fifty books and I see others reading more than double that, but in reality it really doesn’t matter whether you read five or fifty books or five hundred books if it is the right amount for you and your life.

Goals are generally great to have but I think sometimes they can do more harm than good. For me, a reading goal starts out as motivating and then ends up discouraging when I’m struggling to reach it. Sometimes life gets in the way of reading and that’s perfectly okay. This year, I want to focus on just enjoying reading without worrying about a number.

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My Top Five Non-Fiction Reads of 2017

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Here are my five favorite non-fiction books that I read in 2017:

 

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My Top Five Fiction Reads of 2017

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It was very difficult to narrow down this list to just five, but here they are! My five favorite fiction reads of 2017:

 

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10 Ways to Read More with Audiobooks

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Until I finally tried audiobooks with an Audible trial membership, I thought there was no way listening to a book would ever work for me.

The first books I listened to were the Harry Potter series because I wanted to try listening to a story I was already familiar with in case I got distracted. It was an amazing experience. The narration brought such a different experience to the books. Now, around half of the books I complete I listen to all or at least part of.

If you’ve been afraid to try audiobooks or are just looking for some tips on how to get in more listening time, here are some tricks I’ve used and that I hope will help you too:

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How to Get Out of a Reading Slump & Fall Back in Love with Books

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For the last few weeks, I’ve been in a horrible reading slump. I haven’t been able to focus on any books, and I’ve started a few books just to stop reading them the next day and not pick them back up. For awhile it felt like I was forcing myself to read just so I wouldn’t get behind on my Goodreads goal for the year, but I ended up changing books so much that I haven’t actually finished a book in weeks. Slowly but surely, I’m finding my way out of the slump by utilizing some tricks I’ve learned over the years that always seem to help when I’m feeling stuck. If you’re struggling to find the motivation to read or just can’t seem to focus or get pulled into any book, here are some of the tricks I use to make myself fall back in love with reading: Continue reading “How to Get Out of a Reading Slump & Fall Back in Love with Books”

7 Books for Adults Who Love Harry Potter

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Last month marked the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Like many others who grew up with the Harry Potter series, the fact that it has been twenty years since Harry was first introduced to the world has made me feel both very old and very emotional. If you’re like me, you’ve spent the years since the series ended alternating between rereading the series and trying to find new books to read that will bring back that sense of wonder and excitement that Harry Potter inspired.

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A Murakami State of Mind

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I have a lot of favorite books, and a lot of authors whose work I love, but if you ask me who my favorite author is, I will say without hesitation that it is Haruki Murakami.

I read my first Murakami book, 1Q84, in July of 2014. It took me the whole month of July and most of August to read it. I did not quite comprehend what a huge undertaking it would be when I decided to read it (it actually consists of three books, adding up to over a thousand pages). I had only vaguely heard of Murakami at that point, but boy am I grateful for the random circumstances that led to the discovery of his stories. Continue reading “A Murakami State of Mind”

10 Ways to Read More Books This Year

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Happy New Year! I love the feeling of a fresh start that comes with the beginning of a new year. No matter what happened in the last year and what we accomplished (or didn’t), it’s a great time to reflect on how we can be better and set our intentions and goals for the next year.

How about resolving to read more this year? Aside from providing hours of entertainment, reading books can also relieve stress, keep your mind sharp, and even make you more empathetic.

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