Goodreads’ editors released a list of upcoming releases that they are very excited about. I have linked it here.
There are a few on the list that I have already marked as want to read. I’m excited for these releases. There are 68 books on the list and about a third sound interesting to me, right off the bat. A few I know I will definitely not read.
Take a peek at the list and let me know what you think.
Goodreads Best Books of 2021
The above link shows the Goodreads best books of 2021. My issue with this list is that it comes out at the end of the year, and most people only nominate the books they have recently read, or the books that they know are coming out. A lot of these books are on my TBR lists, but I have read several of them.
Maybe Goodreads could consider doing nominations year-round to include more books? Just a thought.
I have fallen behind on my annual reading goal, as I posted a while ago. I have been working on catching up, but mostly I have been starting books and not finishing them. I was 11 books behind a few weeks ago. I finished a few books, and now, I am 11 books behind! I guess it’s good that I am not falling further behind, but I would rather be ahead. I will be able to finish several books all at once, since I have started so many. I hope that finishing them will at least get me into single digits behind. Fingers crossed, everyone!
I have been concentrating on school and home stuff, so I haven’t been reading as much as usual these days. I also haven’t been doing errands as much lately, so I haven’t had the audiobook listening time that I usually have. Somehow, I have managed to get 11 books behind.
I should pick up some of my half finished books and catch up. I’ll get to it one of these days.
Best Books of 2020
According to Goodreads, the above linked article shows the best books of 2020. I have read a few, and want to read others. It’s a varied list, and I think they did a great job putting it together.
Some of my favorites on the list are Such a Fun Age, The Midnight Library, and The Vanishing Half. I hope to get to the others soon.
Competitive book reading
The above linked article tells about how reading challenges have changed the way people read. It claims that the challenges add a layer of guilt if you aren’t reading “fast enough” or reading “all of the books available.” I disagree with it. Yes, I get pushed along with my reading when I am working on a challenge, but if I don’t meet the challenge, I don’t feel guilty. I am only competing with myself. I read for enjoyment. I do keep track of my books, but mostly just to see where I am. I will mark my pages on goodreads, and I will mark and review my finished books. For my own knowledge, not to make anyone else feel bad or good.
It is an interesting article, though. It gave me something to think about.
Thankfully, I got an early start on my reading goal of this year. I am currently ahead of schedule with my reading, but it’s because I started out strong.
When I got sick earlier this year, I didn’t feel like reading at all. That’s how everyone knew I was really sick. All I wanted to do was sleep and hope that I could breathe again.
I hadn’t really gotten back on track before we shut down and then I was so overwhelmed that I just didn’t feel like reading. I know a lot of people felt the same way.
I recently started reading again, so I’m feeling better about it. It looks like I might reach my goal this year. With more than six months left, I have only 30% of the books to finish. As always, this is just a goal for me. No competing, no stressing.
Year in Books
Those of you with a Goodreads account can take a look at my Year in Books for 2019 by looking at the above linked website, I think. I ended up reading 123 books. My initial goal was 75, then 100 and finally 120.
2020 has a goal of 100 books. I’ll be tracking it on Goodreads again.
I track my books on Goodreads. When I finish a book, it all automatically counts it toward the year I completed the book.
When I am working on my annual challenge, it’s nice to log in and see “You’re on Track” or “You’re (#) books ahead.” It also tells me when I’m behind, but I try hard to not get there.
Yesterday, on day 1 of the year, the website was down for part of the day. I was happy that it told me that I am on track. Positive reinforcement!
I did make progress on several books, but I can not update them yet. I will get a chance in the next day or two, if the website is fixed by then.