At the start of 2013 I decided not to set a target of an X number of books I had to read by the end of the year. I noticed that the years before I tended not to choose longer books so I could make the target of 100 books, plus I wanted to have time to do other things I enjoy. To enter the GoodRead reading challenge you have to enter a number so I initially entered that I wanted to read 52 books in 2013, one a week on average. I also added the challenge of reading 10 “classics” and an age challenge (read a book published in every year since I was born), the latter one I decided to spread over two years.
In the end I’ve finished 119 books, totalling 43958 pages. This year I discovered the serialized series Yesterday’s Gone by Sean Platt and David Wright. They call each short book and episode which is around 100 pages. Each “season” consists of six episodes, after that they focus on other series for a while and write the next season. Because I read three seasons, one of which I counted as one book and the other two as 12 different books I thought that although the number of books I’ve read was high my page count and average length of the books I’ve read would be lower than in 2012. I was surprised that it wasn’t so: I’ve read nearly 7000 pages more than in 2012 and the average length is 369 pages (in 2012 it was 354).
My favourite series this year was the Merrily Watkins series by Phil Rickman. I read several of his other books, including his Dr. Dee series, and he’s my favourite author this year. Other series I enjoyed are Donna Leon’s Guido Brunetti, Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson and Sigma Force by James Rollins. It’s very hard to decide which book I liked most, although I loved the Merrily books I think that I enjoyed the third book of the Mistborn trilogy, Hero of Ages, most because it ends the series so well.
In 2014 I want to continue my age challenge, which I’m behind in. I also want to read some of the longer books, of a 1000+ pages, that have been lingering in my ebook library unread. As usually I will try to keep the number of active series down, I’m doing quiet well with this challenge lately, due to the fact that I’ve finished several series (plus I have three on my active list that only have one more book before I’ve finished or am up to date with the series) and although I’ve tried several new series none of them are good enough to continue. In 2013 I’ve become a lot more selective in what I want to read, both in series but also in books, if I don’t like what I’m reading I don’t feel guilty abandoning it anymore.
However most important for me is to enjoy myself, no matter what I read or how many books.
I’ve set up a page on this blog where I will keep track of my 2014 reading challenge.