2016 Reading Challenge: February’s progress report

I have always been a big reader but since having our daughter, my time to get lost in a book has reduced. Once upon a time, I’d think nothing of taking a ridiculous amount of books on holiday (this was before Kindles whilst sticking to a 20kg airline luggage limit!) so I had choices! However, I now have to actively carve out time to get to lose myself in a book and now quite happily jump at the chance to visit a different office for work as the commute = time to read!

Last year, I challenged myself via Goodreads to read 38 books, it was originally 30 however I got into reading the Broadchurch short stories after each episode was aired on television so I upped my challenge  accordingly.

I was so pleased to achieve my 38, it got a bit close to the wire at the end of the year as reading took a bit of a back step.

According to Goodreads I read 38 books, a total of 11,282 pages. My average rating for these was 4.1 stars. As my time reading was limited, I stuck to genres/authors that I knew I’d enjoy. However I discovered 2 new authors; M.J. Alridge (the DI Helen Grace series) and Angela Marsons (the DI Kim Stone series) and loved them both. 2015 also marked the year whereby I actually got into the Harry Potter series. I’d tried to read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone a number of times but just couldn’t get into it, I tried again and loved it. I don’t often re-read books however I made an exception for Stephen King’s The Shining.

For 2016, the target is 40 books however I hope to exceed this.


  • American Gods – Neil Gaiman ★★★
  • Pretty Baby – Mary Kubica ★★★
  • The Taxidermist’s Daughter – Kate Mosse ★★★★★



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