As far as social media is concerned, I spend the most time on Facebook (because I’m not a millennial), then Instagram (because I need to know what millennials are doing), and finally Goodreads.
In addition to keeping track of and rating the books I’ve read, Goodreads allows me (a true introvert) to interact with authors and likeminded readers. You can win books, join virtual bookclubs, find out about upcoming releases and even buy books. It’s a dream.
Every year they sponsor a reading challenge to help support you to read more if you’re someone who works better with concrete goals.
This year I set my goal as 125 books and as of today, I’ve read 64 which is 51% there.
Seems like a lot? If you’re reading War and Peace type books, yes. But I read a variety of books including romance, which I can usually finish in a few hours.
- Of the 64 books I’ve read, 56 were romance novels.
- Of those 56 romances, 32 were independently published and most were better than the ones put out by traditional publishers.
- I gave the top rating (5 stars) to 5 books so far this year: When They Call You A Terrorist, A Brief History of Seven Killings, The Wanderer, Children of Blood and Bone, and Fire Shut Up in My Bones.
- I rarely give romance books 5 stars, but The Wanderer made the cut. Nia Forrester is a great writer.
- Fortunately, I didn’t give any book I’ve read this year under 3 stars. Three stars means “I don’t consider this book a waste of time, but…meh”
- I gave the recently released Zora Neale Hurston book Barracoon 3 stars. #sorrynotsorry
So that’s it so far in my reading year. According to Goodreads, I need to read 3 books a week to remain on track to meet my goal. Let me go do that.
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