#TheYearInBooks – My progress


I set myself a challenge at the start of the year; I love reading but hardly read any books last year because I got into the habit of only reading a couple of pages each night before I fell asleep.

It took me months to finish one book and with a ‘to read’ pile that was getting bigger every week, thanks to working on the book section at the charity shop, I knew I had to make more of an effort to find the time to read.

Nighttime reading is how I get myself to sleep but I now bring my book downstairs with me in the mornings and read while I’m eating breakfast.
I keep it by me so that whenever I get some free time, it’s there and I can settle down and read a chapter or three.

Goodreads run a challenge every year so this year I challenged myself to read one book a month. I’m already on book number 9! I should have set my goal to 40, not 12!

Here’s what I’ve read so far:

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Date Started – January 2nd, 2016
Date Finished – January 29th

Lady Of Hay by Barbara Erskine

Date Started – January 29th
Date Finished – February 21st

Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth

Date Started – February 22nd
Date Finished – March 4th

The Mistletoe Bride & Other Stories by Kate Mosse

Date Started – March 4th
Date Finished – March 12th

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Date Started – March 12th
Date Finished – March 18th

The Ghosts Of Sleath by James Herbert

Date Started – March 18th
Date Finished – March 28th

Welcome To Rosie Hopkins Sweetshop Of Dreams by Jenny Colgan

Date Started – March 28th
Date Finished – April 7th

Little Face by Sophie Hannah

Date Started – April 8th
Date Finished – April 15th

Awakenings by S.J.Bolton

Date Started – April 15th

I’ve nearly finished Awakenings, in fact, it will be definitely be finished this morning, which will make it the fastest book I’ve read so far this year 🙂

Awakening by S. J. Bolton


Next on the list is Agatha Raisin and the quiche of death by M.C. Beaton. The first 20 books of the series were donated to the charity shop this week so I’ve bought the first one and put the others to one side. I was going to buy them all but figured it would be best to read the first one and see if I like it before spending £20 and ending up with a series I won’t carry on reading!

Edit April 25th – I finished Agatha Raisin and I love it so I’ll be buying the other 19 books 🙂

Goodreads reading challenge 2016


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  2. Nichola - Globalmouse 28th April 2016 at 9:35 am

    Wow, what a brilliant challenge! I used to read so much and I really miss it, I need to try and find time to start reading again!

  3. Sonia 25th April 2016 at 9:40 am

    I set myself a book challenge too… to read all the books on my book shelf before I buy anymore. 44 in total! Only read 8 so far so I’m trying to step up my game 😉

    1. shelllouise 25th April 2016 at 11:39 am

      That’s one challenge I KNOW I’d fail because I just can’t stop buying books!! Good luck! 😀 xx

  4. cass bailey 22nd April 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I read on a night on my Kindle and can easily read a book a week – I love reading and find it a perfect way to relax at the end of the day x

  5. Sonya Cisco 22nd April 2016 at 10:13 am

    I have read several of those – great choices! I love reading – definitely my favourite pastime, when I get a chance!

  6. Michelle 22nd April 2016 at 9:26 am

    What a great thing to do – I used to read a LOT, but slowly over the years I have stopped. Every so often I’ll pick up something on my Kindle, but not as often as I should

  7. angela hamilton 20th April 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I adore reading. So relaxing and takes you into a whole new world. I have a few books waiting to be read

  8. Jen 20th April 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I love reading, but like you struggled to finish a book. I have three on the go at the moment!

  9. Niki - Play & Learn Every Day 20th April 2016 at 2:10 pm

    That’s fantastic, as a Mum I rarely find the time to read, but it’s such a good example to the kids for them to see you enjoying books too!

  10. Erica Price 20th April 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Well done. I keep meaning to read at bedtime and failing.

  11. JuggleMum, Nadine Hill 20th April 2016 at 9:39 am

    I love to have a book to read, so good luck with your mission! It’s such a nurturing activity to curl up with a good book!

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