Book Challenge 2017 – Update 3: Goodreads Challenge Complete

[This post will be long so scroll down to find 1. Intro; 2. Goals; 3. Books read in 2017; 4. My 5 favourite reads so far this year]

Last night, I closed the cover on The Hidden Light of Object, officially meeting my 20 book goal for the year. Yes, it was kinda low but I had more free time last year and only read 22 books of a target of 25 and I wanted to make sure I hit my goal this year.

Reading has undergone a bit of a revival for me this year. As a child and teenager, I devoured books like a dementor devours souls but when I started uni, I didn’t have the time or mental energy to read for pleasure. It makes me so happy that I do now, although my reading habits have changed. I read more e-books and audiobooks, and I can go days without reading without feeling like I’m missing a limb.

GOALS:

I had three reading goals this year, and the number of books was just one.

  • Read 20 books
  • Read from unfamiliar genres
  • Read a book written by authors from at least ten different countries
    1. Turkey (1)
    2. India (1)
    3. Australia (2)
    4. U.S.A. (8)
    5. U.K. (1)
    6. Canada (1)
    7. Jamaica (1)
    8. Pakistan (1)
    9. Czechoslovakia (1)
    10. Nigeria (1)
    11. Kuwait (1)

 BOOKS I’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017:

  •  The Well at the World’s End | A.J. Mackinnon
  • Truthwitch | Susan Dennard
  • Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in the Badlands of India | Amana Fonatella-Khan
  • Three Daughters of Eve | Elif Shafak
  • A Darker Shade of Magic | V. E. Schwab
  • Rise of the Sparrows | Sarina Langer
  • And I Darken | Kiersten White | Review
  • Rebel of the Sands | Alwyn Hamilton | Review
  • Sparks Fly | Kadian Thomas | Review
  • Snow Like Ashes | Sara Raasch | Review
  • Exit West | Mohsin Hamid
  • Ink and Bone | Rachel Caine | Review
  • A Gathering of Shadows | V. E. Schwab
  • Trip of the Tongue | Elizabeth Little
  • Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index | Julie Israel | Review
  • The Star-Touched Queen | Roshani Chokshi | Review forthcoming
  • I Served the King of England | Bohumil Hrabal
  • Nevernight | Jay Kristoff
  • We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Hidden Light of Objects | Mai Al-Nakib
  • Wardens of Archos | Sarina Langer 

Wow, I’m super behind on my reviews… If you want to know my thoughts on any of the books I haven’t yet reviewed, leave me a comment so I can prioritise it 🙂

5 Favourite Books of 2017 (So far)

  1. Three Daughters of Eve | Elif Shafak
  2. Ink and Bone | Rachel Caine
  3. A Darker Shade of Magic | V. E. Schwab
  4. A Gathering of Shadows | V. E. Schwab
  5. And I Darken | Kiersten White

Honorable mentions go to:

  • Nevernight | Jay Kristoff
  • We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index | Julie Israel

What are some of your favourite reads so far this year?

4 thoughts on “Book Challenge 2017 – Update 3: Goodreads Challenge Complete

  1. Emily Wrayburn says:

    Uni certainly kills reading for leisure! Though since I have started my Masters degree, I have been making a conscious effort to not let that happen again.

    Nice work on your goals. I like your one to read authors from different countries. My main one is to read more books I own, and most of the ones I have on my TBR for the rest of the year come under that category, so here’s hoping!

    • Ríona O'Inabha says:

      Ooh good luck! That was also one of my unspoken goals but I’m too addicted to buying books (and finally had a budget for it this year) that it was unrealistic to forbid myself from buying new books 😛

  2. Sophie Li says:

    Hi Riona!
    Congrats on meeting your 2017 goal! That is very cool that you try to read books from different countries 🙂

    Reading has undergone a kind of “revival” for me as well, in that I also read voraciously throughout elementary and high school, but not during university. School and life got too busy, and when I was spending a lot of time reading textbooks and scientific papers, I didn’t feel much like reading during my time off. Now that I am working, I read a lot more 🙂

    I also loved ADSOM by VE Schwab! My other favourites are Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson), My Heart and Other Black Holes (Jasmine Warga) and The Catcher in the Rye (JD Salinger).

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