Last year I confidently set my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal at 12 books. Surely I could read one book a month, especially after exceeding my Challenge goal the previous two years. Right? Apparently not, because I struggled to read the 6 I did log and most were for review assignments. I had a major case of reader’s block. Nothing I picked up held my attention and I ended up trading books for TV.
While I love a good binge watch, I missed reading. This year I set my Challenge goal at 20 books and I’m determined to meet it by using some new strategies, one of which is reading shorter books. This probably seems like a no-brainer, but I’ve typically passed up smaller standalones in favor of a meaty series, new release, or celeb book club pick.
After logging my first two bite-size books, a graphic novel and a collection of short stories, I realized I was onto something. I also realized that since I’d had trouble getting into books last year, the notion of finishing one seemed undoable. But, with a shorter book, the finish line wasn’t as far away and I felt like a champ finishing the two I already have. Its reignited my fire and my goal of 20 books seems perfectly doable.
I scavenged my shelves for books with about 250 or fewer pages and set them aside in a little stack. They cover a range of genres, so I can still mood read and pick my next read based on what piques my interest. I added the books I could find on Bookshop to a reading list if you’re interested in checking any of them out.
- How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa (Bookshop)
– Asian-American (Lao), cultural heritage, short stories
- Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey (Bookshop)
– Dystopian western, science fiction, LGBTQ
- Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer (Bookshop)
– Science fiction, horror, series (book 1)
- Tin Man by Sarah Winman (Bookshop)
– Contemporary, fiction, LGBTQ
- Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl by Kate McCafferty (Amazon)
– Historical fiction, Ireland, European history
- Border Town by Shen Congwen (Bookshop)
– Historical fiction, Asian American (Chinese), classic literature
- Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas (Bookshop)
– Memoir, humor, Iranian
- You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld (Bookshop)
– Fiction, short stories, book club
- Sweet and Deadly by Charlaine Harris (Bookshop)
– Fiction, mystery, thriller
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone (Bookshop)
– African American, young adult, social justice
- Girls on the Line by Jennie Liu (Amazon)
– Young adult, cultural heritage, Asian American (Chinese)
- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Bookshop)
– Fantasy, magical realism, romance
- Women Talking by Miriam Toews (Bookshop)
– Historical fiction, feminism, contemporary