These past few weeks have been totally overwhelming with all the reading that I need to do for university! Every week I’m reading a different novel, so it’s been a bit difficult to keep up with posting on my blog. However, I thought that it would be a good idea if I updated you all on what I’m reading at the moment and what I think of these books! Only one and a half (I’ll explain) are for university purposes, but they’re all quite interesting and fun in their own ways.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
A new year means new opportunities, new resolutions, and, of course, new reading challenges! Every year I set reading goals for myself according to what kind of changes I want to make in my reading. If you would like to check out my 2016 Reading Challenge, you can find it here. It’s fair to say that it was a complete fail. The only challenge that I completed out of the 5 that I set was “Read 3 Books With Over 500 Pages”. I really enjoyed that challenge and loved all three of the novels. But, other than that, I wasn’t able to complete any challenges. I only read 14 books towards my goal of 45, which is exactly 10 books less than what I read in 2015. But now 2016 has come and gone and it is now time for a new challenge! Here is my 2017 Reading Challenge!
There is no doubt that 2016 was a difficult reading year for me. I wasn’t able to achieve my reading goal of 45 books and only completed one of the three “mini challenges” that I set for myself. But, to be honest, I’m actually really okay with it. I was in my final year of my undergraduate, started a new job, and travelled a lot. Making time for personal reading was difficult enough, so I’m pretty surprised that I was able to read 14 books! If you’d like to see how I did in my 2016 Reading Challenge then you can find it here. But now, let’s take a look at those books and find out which ones were my favourite and least favourite, and which one I highly recommend!
Most of us, at one point or another, have HAD to read a classic. Whether that be in school or university, you have probably been faced with having to read a daunting and unfamiliar classic against your will. Growing up, I was definitely not a fan of classics. When I was in high school I found that the books and plays we studied took all the fun out of reading and made me want to read less in general. My classmates often expressed how boring they thought these books were and some of the teachers I had didn’t show much enthusiasm either. Some of the classics I read were Animal Farm by George Orwell, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, and Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, all of which I did not enjoy at all. But recently I’ve been thinking about classics and what has created the idea that they’re boring. Is it because they’re sometimes really old and often challenging to understand? Is it because the plots seem uninteresting? Or do we just assume that if people we know didn’t enjoy them then we won’t either?
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
A new year has arrived and I am ready to start fresh with a new reading challenge! Every year I set reading goals for myself according to what kind of changes I want to make in my reading for that year. If you would like to check out my reading challenge for 2015, you can find it here. I was able to complete two out of the four “mini challenges” I set, which isn’t too bad. Unfortunately, I was only able to read a total of twenty-four books towards my goal of thirty for the year, so that was a bit of a bummer. But its okay, because 2015 is done and dusted and it is now time for a new challenge! Here is my 2016 Reading Challenge!