At the start of the year I set myself the goal of reading ten books for the annual Goodreads Reading Challenge. As I mentioned in a blog post earlier in the year, the reason for setting such a modest target was that every previous reading challenge I participated in ended in failure. This was typically the result of never having enough time to read as many books as I would like. But this year, much to my surprise, I read my ten books by the end of January. At the time, the ease with which I successfully completed the challenge caused me to contemplate the possibility of reading fifty-two books by the end of the year―an average of one book read a week―although I’d settle for twenty-five. Today this seems like wishful thinking.
I am currently experiencing a prolonged reading slump. I have been stuck on twenty books read for a month and a half. I haven’t stopped reading completely, but my progress has slowed down significantly since April. The principal cause of this slump was all the time I had to put into ensuring the revised second edition of The Exercise Of Vital Powers was published on time. Yet, now that I no longer have that as a distraction I still haven’t been able to come out of my slump.
I generally try to read a minimum of fifty pages a day on weekdays, and a hundred pages a day at the weekend. Unfortunately, for the past two to three months I’ve been struggling to read much more than twenty pages a day. It hasn’t helped that the last couple of books I read disappointed me, especially the last one, Kings Of The Wyld, which really sapped my enthusiasm for reading. As a result, it’s been slow going with my two current reads (Melokai by Rosalyn Kelly, and The Sentinel’s Reign by Suzanne Rogerson) even though I’ve enjoyed what I have read so far.
As things presently stand, the best way for me to reverse my slump is via the extra motivation provided by a reading challenge. I read ten books in January to complete my Goodreads challenge, and there’s no reason why I can’t repeat that feat once I’ve finished the two books I’m reading at the moment. So I am setting myself the following challenge during the month of August: read the top ten books on my Goodreads ‘Want To Read’ shelf by the end of the month.
The ten books in question are below, and I will try to read them in this order as they appear on my Goodreads shelf. (And that’s assuming no other books force their way into the top ten in the meantime.)
There are three books in particular that I’m looking forward to, for various reasons. Devil’s Night Dawning is the book that brought my SPFBO adventure to an end last November, and I’m really interested to find out how I respond to the book. Reader reaction has been somewhat mixed. Those who liked it, absolutely loved it, while others had issues which caused them to struggle with it. The second book, Focus by Sarah Doughty, is one I’ve been meaning to read ever since I read its predecessor, Just Breathe, late last year. It takes a lot for any urban fantasy or paranormal romance book to impress me, but book one of the Earthen Witch series wowed me so much. I can’t wait to finally read this sequel. The third book, Lirael, is the follow up to the amazing Sabriel by Garth Nix. I’m cautiously optimistic about this one, even though I can’t imagine how it can surpass Sabriel.
In all likelihood I won’t successfully complete the challenge, especially when taking into account that from tomorrow I will be devoting most of my days to writing. I have one novel and two novellas on the go, each of which I’d like to finish before the year is out, and this is obviously my priority.
So, now you know what I plan to read during August (hopefully). What books on your TBR are you hoping to read during the month? Let me know in the comment box below.
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Thanks for reading,