2016 for me as been a very interesting reading year for me. Having moved house in the middle of the year, I took a lot of time doing that with packing etc before the move, moving and then settling in our new place. For me, I can only read when I am relaxed. I cannot read when I am stressed and moving house is one of the most stressful things you could ever do so there was certainly a period of time where my reading slowed way down. That said, I have read some really great books this year and even read more than what I had expected! So, let's first look at what I read in 2016 and then I'll move on to what I plan to read in 2017...
Goodreads 100 Book Challenge - OK, so I didn't complete this one but I think I did pretty good to read as much as I did this year considering I moved house also. For me, this year has been more about quality not quantity. Usually when I get busy in life but still want to read, I tend to hurry along and force myself to read when I probably didn't want to. This year I decided not to do that. When I didn't want to read I wouldn't and it made a great deal of difference to my reading.
Read Your Own Books Challenge - For this challenge I didn't want to set a number of books to read to complete this but just wanted to add it to make sure that I didn't forget to read my own books. Being a book blogger I am very fortunate to be able to read review copies of books before they come out, which is fantastic and I love it but sometimes I do forget to read the books that I buy. I am really pleased with how many I read in this section.
Big Book Challenge - This is a challenge that I host on Goodreads (Check it Out Here). It is a challenge where you have to read books that are longer than 400 pages long. I can easily get swept away with wanting to read so many books I only tend to read smaller ones and completely forget that I love to get lost in a big book. This is a great challenge for me and I think I did really well with this one too...
Cecelia Ahern Challenge - Ok, so this one I completely failed at but there's a good reason for that and that reason was that I changed my mind with the author I wanted to read. I was really in the mood for reading Sophie Kinsella books so I decided to go with that author instead and read all of her books, some of which were good and some didn't like as much.
Read Your Own Book Challenge - Another challenge that I brought over from last year with the same rules as mentioned above.
Big Book Challenge - This is a challenge that I subscribe to every year and host the Goodreads group for it. I am not planning on setting an amount of books to read on here but hope that I can get to at least 20 for the year.
Jodi Picoult Challenge - I have been wanting to re-read Jodi Picoult's books for a while now and have been slowly collecting them for my bookshelf ready for the day I re-read. I have actually already started this challenge so this one is not 2017 specific but a goal that I want to get stuck into.
Read 5 Classics Challenge - Now this one is a very interesting challenge for me. I don't tend to read classics and find the prospect of reading a classic quite daunting but having read The Stone Angel by Margaret Lawrence recently and loved it it has made me want to re-try this challenge. I initially tried to do this challenge I think about a couple of years ago now but failed miserably at it so I am going to give it another go... I have set the bar really low with only 5 books but let's see how that goes.....