At the beginning of 2017 I set myself up with a reading challenge tracked by my Goodreads account. The challenge is to read 20 books by the end of this year. A pretty ambitious challenge I would say. But I did make it right before I start my job and didn’t know any better. Obviously, I started off really great. I had been a rather productive reader for the first quarter of 2017. Then things started to go downhill. Work happened, life happened, and the challenge is forgotten. Basically, I got distracted. I even went on a significant period of finishing no book at all. It was awful.

What served as my wake-up call was a conversation with a friend. She was dating a Forbes’ 30 under 30 and I jokingly asked her what are the keys of his success. She said that her then-boyfriend read one book per week. That’s 4 books a month. 48 books in a year. Then it hits me. Although my chance to be featured on Forbes is pretty slim, I still think that it’s a breakthrough moment that brings me to the realisation to at least try to finish the challenge.

We are at the edge of 2017 already and honestly, I have only finished 12 books so far. Not too bad, I guess. But still quite far from my challenge. So I guess I’ll step it up a notch and try to finish 4 books for November. I’m not too optimistic about it but with the right mindset maybe I can. So let’s just lay down what I strive to finish reading this month just to keep me excited.

November Reading List

Origin – Dan Brown (finished). I have always been a fan of Dan Brown’s book although sometimes they’re not as good as his best-selling title, Da Vinci Codes. But I have always been able to enjoy his books, with the exception of The Lost Symbol. It sucks big time. Don’t @ me. He always manage to come up with interesting premise for his works, especially the Robert Langdon series. The last one, Inferno was so hauntingly good. So imagine my excitement when I found out this new release. This was the first book I grab when my boyfriend took me to my favorite book store and let me buy any book I want, without hesitation. I’ve actually finished reading it about a week or so ago and let’s just say I’m not a big fan of it.

Turtles All The Way Down – John Green (in progress). Almost like Dan Brown, John Green is one of the author whose book I have more than two of in my bookshelf. I hadn’t get the chance to actually read his best-selling book, The Fault in Our Stars (mainly because the movie threw me off), but I enjoyed Looking for Alaska and Paper Town. I also happen to be an avid viewer of his Youtube Channel, Crash Course. Basically, John Green is not on my kill list. When I found out about this new release, I was rather intrigued. But what stopping me from grabbing this book on the aforementioned trip to the bookstore was the mixed reviews. So I decided to buy something else and borrow this one from my friend. Just in case it’s really that terrible. I’m not halfway through yet but so far it’s just…okay. Not sure I’m going to be able to finish it though. But, let’s just see.

The Woman In Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware.I have always enjoyed a thriller/mystery novel because no matter how badly written they are, at least they gave me a boost of adrenaline. And it’s been a while since I read a good thriller/mystery novel since Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Object (I read some afterwards but they were abysmal). So I strive to find one with good rating and this book seem to be a favorite of thriller/mystery fan alike. I read several book recommendation articles and this book seems to be mentioned at least twice. Needless to say it went to my shopping basket and honestly I can’t wait to start reading it. I might put down Turtles All The Way Down for this ’cause god knows I’m in dire need of good suspense mystery book.

The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking.Well, this book seems to be everywhere. Everyone and their mamas are talking about and Instagramming the shit out of this little book. So I let myself fell into the bandwaggon and purchased it. I haven’t read any review whatsoever about it but I’m definitely curious to see whether it’s really that insightful that people are racking it up the bestseller section or it’s merely the victim (or the winner?) of the widespread trend of visual world that it only become an eye-candy. It does make a good coffee table book for sure.

Now what about you? Are you in a reading challenge as well? How many books have you read this year? Do share! <3

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