I have been working my way through my annual book goal. I actually met my original goal of 75 books. I read short books during pride week, so I felt that I didn’t really get there.
I adjusted my goal, but it still shows that I’m 12 books ahead of schedule. I am still reading, and I am sure that I can get to my goal of 100 by the end of the year.
I have finally come to realize that not all books deserve a five star review. The rating system on Goodreads is 1-5, with 1 being hated it, and 5 being loved it. A 3 review is just ok.
I used to rate the books as 5 if I liked them. Then, I read an ARC that wasn’t my typical genre and I wasn’t thrilled with it. The book was written well enough, but just wasn’t to my liking. I couldn’t give it a 5 star rating because I really didn’t love it. There was nothing really wrong with the book itself, but it just didn’t speak to me. In the ARC instructions, it is requested that we email the author before giving a poor rating. I realized that a 3 star review isn’t really a poor rating, and it was honest. I got a thank you message from the author for the review. I didn’t feel like I could be fair to the author, since it’s the genre and not the writing that I disliked. I decided that I would no longer read her ARCs, but I sent her a friend of mine who loves that genre and the friend will read the ARC in the future. Problem solved.
I am not feeling guilty about giving less than 5 stars. I do think a long time before giving a 1 or 2 star rating, though. What didn’t I love about the book? If the answer is, “it wasn’t my style,” I give it a higher rating. And, yes, I have given 1 & 2 star ratings, but they are well thought out and I always write about why I disliked it. I feel like I’m being fair to the author.
According to my Goodreads account, I have completed 60 of my 75 books for my annual goal. I went and counted and I have read 15 children’s books so far this year. I wasn’t expecting to read that many when I set the goal. Adding the 15 to my originally planned 75 books would make the count 90, so I’ll be changing the goal to 100. It shows that I am 24 books ahead, so I’ll be ok, I think.
Changing the goal to 100 makes me only 12 books ahead of schedule. Still well above where I thought I’d be.
Because I read several children’s books, my completed book count is higher than I expected it to be. I think I may have to adjust my reading goal to 100 to compensate for the 10 or so children’s books I have read in the past week. I am more than halfway to the 100 already, and the year isn’t even halfway over. I think I can do it. I may wait until I am further ahead to adjust it, so it’s not overwhelming to me.
how many have you read?
Take the quiz above and see how many of these 100 BBC books you’ve read.
I have read fifteen.
Below is the list. It’s long. The quiz is easier to read through.
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling (All)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
Tess of the D’urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
Complete Works of Shakespeare
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Bleak House – Charles Dickens
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S.Lewis)
Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
Winnie-The-Pooh (A. A. Milne)
Animal Farm – George Orwell
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
Love in the Time of Cholera
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
Bridget Jones’s Diary (Helen Fielding)
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson
Notes From a Small Island – Bill Bryson
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Butt Atlas (David Mitchell)
The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
Charlotte’s Web – EB White (E.B. White)
The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint Exupery
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Watership Down – Richard Adams
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
Hamlet (William Shakespeare)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
I got a message from Keanu Reeves on Goodreads. He first asked me how old I am. I refused to answer that one. Then “I’m Keanu Charles Reeves is a Canadian-American actor and musician… wish to know you as a friend if you don’t mind are you married or single, what is your religion, what you do for a living…” I informed him that I don’t discuss religion.
“i just opened this to chat only my fans and make sure there are all safe if you don’t mind us being friends, because I believe friendship is about sharing ideas and experiences with each other. Hope am safe chatting with you? So have you washed my movies?”
I informed him that I had watched Keanu Reeves movies, but I had no idea who I was talking to. “I’m Keanu Charles Reeves, i just opened this to chat only my fans and make sure there are all safe if you don’t mind us being friends only if you are my fans…”
I assured him that I am fine, and maybe he should check on some of his other “fans.”
I love messing with trolls.
I have completed book #42 for the year. I am more than halfway there, but bigger than that, is, according to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, 42 is the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. So… it’s a milestone number. I am also 9 books ahead of schedule, so I have a nice cushion to relax with.