2015 Reading Challenge: 1 Month Down, 11 More To Go

Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 3.22.28 PM2015 will be my third year participating in the annual Goodreads Reading Challenge, with a goal of reading 50 books by the end of the year. Admittedly, it's a fairly easy goal for me: in 2013 I read 52 books, and last year I read 86. Now that January is over, here's a run-down of the New Year's first month of reads.

Books read: 9

Pages read: 2, 393

Longest read: The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly (515 pages)

My ratings and reviews:

Two 5-star titles

Four 4-star titles

Two 3-star titles

One 2-star title

I doubt I'll be doing a monthly update on the reading challenge. I might only toss in an update around some particular benchmarks, like a six-month check-up, but we'll see. All in all, I think January was a fairly strong month of reads and I was mostly happy with the titles I read.

It's Only Death came close to going in the Did Not Finish pile, but I hate not finishing a book, regardless of its appeal to me. It was short, so I mustered on, and the ending was good enough despite how little I enjoyed getting there. So, a whole extra star to that title just for the fun gun-filled finish.

I'm hoping February treats me well, and maybe even a little bit better. I'd love to spend the month rolling around in nothing but 4 or 5 star titles! As far as the 3-star reads went, as well as all the others, I'm going by the Goodreads metric, so 3-stars means I Liked It and should not be construed as a negative. Frankly, I found The Lurking Season to be far more compelling and encouraging enough that I want to check out more of Rufty's works. Winter At The Door was solid enough, but flawed and I probably won't check out more of Graves' work in the future. So, take that for what it's worth...

How did your January reads stack up? Are you doing the Goodread Challenge, and if so, share your stats below!

Michael Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

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