End of the Year To Be Read Pile

So at the end of 2019, I decided to dial back the book challenges. I love them, and they are so much fun, BUT I wanted to take a small break and have a year just for leisurely chill reading. Little did I know what 2020 was going to be like. -__-

At the start of 2020, I set my personal reading goal at reading 60 books. Ten books over the average book challenge on GoodReads. For the last several years, I had been closer to 100 books a year, so I thought dropping it down to just 60 books this year would be easy peasy lemon squeezy.

This year has been anything but easy peasy. It’s December. We all know what this year has been like for everyone. Global struggles, personal struggles, local struggles. It’s just been pretty much all around the WORST.

Because of 2020, I’ve had a hell of a time trying to read. Even before all the panic and pandemic, it felt like I just couldn’t catch a book break. In January and February, I picked some real stinkers. D: I had a lot of DNF (Did Not Finish) books in the start of the year. THE START OF THE YEAR!! What the hell? Then all the craziness hits 2020 and I’ve just had zero focus when trying to read for the rest of the year. Before I knew it, I was way behind scedule…. 11 books behind. Thank you to GoodReads for tracking that sort of thing for me. If it hadn’t been for that site, I’d be 100% clueless on how things were going (or NOT going in my case).

Thankfully there are audiobooks! Audiobooks have save me this year. I’m able to put one on and listen and multitask around the house or on work. They took the burden of struggling focus off my shoulders and helped me to continue reading. Audio kept me entertained when any other kind of media this year was filled with yelling opinions or tragic events.

Now it’s towards the end of December. Holidays are closing in. Things are a little bit back to normal. Well, normal-ish, maybe? Or at least a little bit more calm? I don’t know…. But, I have been working hard trying to keep up my book reading. Listening, I mean. I was 5 books behind schedule last week. You know what that means?

Yes. Bring out the easier to read books. Hey, yeah, it’s a little bit of a cheat to fill the book challenge goal. >.> I admit it…. It’s not like I don’t like YA or middle grade books. Some of those titles can be really fun! I’ve even reviewed the ones I’ve read. AND I’ve been wanting to revisit an old friend of mine. R. L. Stine. Not Goosebumps, but OLDER… Remember his Fear Street title? Early 90s teen horror goodies. I have several of my old copies still and I’ve been DYING to re-read them! I remembered liking them a lot when I was in middle school and I haven’t read them in so very long. O__O I’ve been wanting to read them for many years, I just never got around to it… Until now.

I have a list of books (see picture at the top) of Several R. L. Stine books (as well as a few other authors) I’d love to power through this last half of the month. I am looking forward to it. I really will be like revisiting an old friend. 🙂

So wish me luck! I’m at 55 books! I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

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