Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge: Reflection

Summer is officially over so I thought it high time to reflect on my Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge. Sadly I did not complete it but I did learn a few things. Here is the result.

Good as gold:- The Casual Vacancy by J. K Rowling

The Book is Better:- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

On the bandwagon:- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood

Short and sweet:- The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Actually want to read:- Jaws by Peter Benchley

Not from around here:- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

In a friend zone:- The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Wheel of format:- Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Past love:- Matilda by Roald Dahl

Armchair Traveler:- A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

 

First of all I spent way too much time on a book I really regret reading which was The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, I really wish I had just stopped reading it because I did not enjoy it and wasted a great deal of my free time reading a book I found tiresome. This is a lesson I keep telling myself to learn from but sadly I don’t, maybe this time I will.

The second thing I learned was I hated having a reading list! I want to read these books eventually and I had options but I found myself regretting the choices and wanting to read other books which I did and so did not complete the challenge in the allotted time. I think from now on I will avoid challenges and just choose whatever I want to read when I want because I really did not enjoy the challenge. I loved choosing the books but not feeling like I had to read them.

However, doing the challenge has taken a few books off my enormous TBR list, so it wasn’t all bad.

 

What does everyone think of reading challenges? Yes or No? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Happy reading.

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4 thoughts on “Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge: Reflection

  1. I’m doing the 2019 Reading Women Challenge and really enjoying it – I think I’ll do more challenges in future. I can see how “mood readers” might find them restrictive, but personally I have to be pushed out of my comfort zone every so often or I’d just end up reading 10 Patrick O’Brian novels in a row!

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    1. I love Patrick O’Brien novels, I can fully understand reading them one after the other. I think my main problem is I currently have a lot of set reading for a course I am doing, so I just want to flit around reading what feels comfortable. 2019 Reading Women Challenge sounds very interesting.

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  2. This is very interesting! Thank you for sharing! I believe that each person’s experience has can change other people’s lives. What do you think, higgy88?

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