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Reading challenge 2012 and goodreads

January 19, 2012

I am enjoying the fact that I have slightly more chance to read than I did when my son was very young. Reading makes me feel more like me again.

So when I saw that Lakes Single Mum had signed up to a challenge to read 100 books in 2012 I felt inspired to sign up to a reading challenge of some kind myself.

But 100 books seemed a bit too ambitious for me, especially as that particular challenge excludes non-fiction and audiobooks. So instead, I signed up to a goodreads challenge to read 25 books during 2012. That’s one book a fortnight, so it should be possible to do that.

I’m using goodreads.com, because it is a really easy way to track what you’re reading, and also see what your friends are reading. It’s very straightforward to add books to your ‘read’, ‘to read’ and ‘currently reading’ lists by typing in the title and/or author or ISBN. And if you see a book on your friend’s profile that you fancy reading, you can easily add it to your list with just a couple of clicks. Some of the people who use goodreads are authors, and it is always really interesting to see what they are reading.

I also have the goodreads iPhone app. This has a really nifty feature that lets you scan barcodes from the backs of books on your bookshelves and add them to your list of books that you are planning to read, have read or are reading at the moment. So I have scanned lots of barcodes in, and added the titles of all the unread books on my Kindle, to add lots of books to my ‘to read’ list for 2012.

Goodreads also allows you to write book reviews and browse through reviews that other people have written. You can even post your own book reviews to your blog, which is a useful feature that I have only just discovered. Two of my book reviews from last year are shown below. They were written on my iPhone so are only very short, but I intend to write some slightly longer reviews of the books I read for my 2012 reading challenge and post them to this blog.

Are you planning to do a reading challenge this year? If so, let me know and I’ll cheer you along!

Jessie ♥ NYCJessie ♥ NYC by Keris Stainton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved it! Made me want to visit New York. In the meantime, I’ll have to make do with rewatching ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and other New York films.

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How To Be a WomanHow To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The funniest and most uplifting feminist rant I’ve ever read!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2012 7:31 am

    Thanks for the post – just downloaded the app. Think it could be useful.

    • January 22, 2012 12:15 pm

      Hope you have fun with goodreads – I’m finding that it is making me an even more enthusiastic reader than I was before

  2. January 26, 2012 2:15 pm

    Great to find someone else doing the Goodreads challenge, I did it last year and got nowhere near what I wanted to read but since Santa brought me a Kindle for Christmas I’m actually ahead of myself and I’m hoping to keep myself motivated during this because though I’m a complete bookworm I can be easily distracted by family and especially my husband who thinks I’m ignoring him when I’m reading.

    Good luck to you and I look forward to hearing about your progress!

    • January 27, 2012 12:34 pm

      Good luck with your goodreads challenge!
      My husband has become more tolerant of me reading since I got him his own Kindle 😉

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