Since the third grade, I’ve been a big lover of books. I read voraciously as a child and had many favourite authors including Roald Dahl and Caroline B. Cooney before I moved onto the queens of romance such as Nora Roberts, Judith McNaught, Julie Garwood and Rachel Gibson. But I lost touch with that after college, when life got really busy with work and all the usual. I missed it. So I started reading again and eventually I got into the habit of setting a reading goal for myself at the beginning of the year. I only started keeping a tally and tracking which books I’ve read (and when) after Goodreads introduced their annual Reading Challenges and I’ve really enjoyed seeing how many I’ve managed to read in a given year.

Here’s what I’ve kept a record of:

  • 2007: Books read – 3 of unknown goal
  • 2008: Books read – 4 of unknown goal
  • 2009: Books read – 17 of unknown goal
  • 2010: Books read – 15 of unknown goal
  • 2011: Books read – 12 of 25. Success – 48%
  • 2012: Books read – 5 of 30. Success – 17%
  • 2013: Books read – 15 of 28. Success – 54%
  • 2014: Books read – 4 of unknown goal
  • 2015: Books read – 4 of 20. Success – 20%
  • 2016: Books read – 26 of 20. Success – 130%
  • 2017: Books read – 18 of 25. Success – 72%

Join me in 2018 as I re-attempt to meet my 25-book goal!

Charity’s bookshelf: read

The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own
it was amazing
After watching the Minimalism documentary on Netflix a few days ago, I haven’t been able to stop myself from absorbing everything I can on minimalism. I’m totally falling in love with the idea of living with less so that I can be fully e…
2016-read-list, own-in-ebook, and non-fiction
Simplify: 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone Declutter Their Home and Life
really liked it
2016-read-list, self-help, own-in-ebook, and non-fiction
Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness
liked it
2016-read-list, non-fiction, and owned
Very British Problems: Making Life Awkward for Ourselves, One Rainy Day at a Time
really liked it
After having lived here in the UK as an expat since February of this year, I’ve had enough interactions and observations of the Brits to recognise just how true many of these moments are! Also, I can now take note of how many of these “B…
2016-read-list, humor, owned, recommended-to-me, and non-fiction
Small Great Things
really liked it
I’m still digesting this book, but found it extremely compelling. I couldn’t put it down once I started it as I needed to know just what would happen. Though I felt the end was expected, there was definitely sustained tension throughout …
2016-read-list, general-fic, and own-in-ebook
The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
it was amazing
Since moving abroad, I’d heard of this word but didn’t really understand what it meant. I came across it while looking for books on Danish and Scandi interior design, and even though that’s only a very small portion of this book, it was …
it was ok
2016-read-list, own-in-ebook, recommended-to-me, and romance
Fractured: A Slated novel, Book 2
it was ok
2016-read-list, dystopian, own-in-ebook, and young-adult
really liked it

I couldn’t put this book down. In two days, I whizzed through it all, often on the edge of the proverbial seat dying to know more. MUST. KNOW. MORE.Kyla is a 16-year-old girl with no memory of who she once was – but that’s okay becaus…

2016-read-list, dystopian, young-adult, owned, and recommended-to-me