10 Year Challenge!

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This tag was created by Rincey Reads over on YouTube! I saw Mary @ Mary and the Words do this, and I wanted to give it a try as well!

Like Mary, I’m not going to go back 10 years. I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast this morning, let alone what I read in 2011. Instead, I’m going as far back as when I started this blog, which was 2015. This was around the time I started using Goodreads to track the books I’ve read, so I thought it would be a good year to look back on to see what has changed and what has remained the same.

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1. What was your favorite book in 2015?

According to my Top 15 books of 2015, my #1 pick at the time was Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. Looking at my other top picks now, I would definitely rearrange the order I put the books in. Regardless, I still think that QoS is a pretty great book.

2. What is your favorite book of 2021?

81pi1fc1qcl Six Crimson Cranes Elizabeth Lim book cover 9781250766571

I can’t just choose one! These Violent Delights, Six Crimson Cranes, and Firekeeper’s Daughter have been my top books I’ve read so far this year!

3. What was your least favorite book in 2015?

Half Bad: Sally Green: 8601300121086: Amazon.com: Books

I really didn’t like Half Bad by Sally Green. I don’t remember the story or why I didn’t enjoy it, but I remembered that I felt like I wasted my time trying to read it.

4. What was your least favorite book in 2021?

So far, the biggest let-down has been Rise of the Red Hand. The premise is super interesting (who doesn’t like a steampunk world set in post-apocalyptic South Asia?), but the writing didn’t do it for me. Because this is one of Olivia Chadha’s first novels, I can only imagine that her writing will improve as time goes by.

5. What is a book published in 2015 that you still want to read?

P.S. I Still Love You

I’m bad at reading contemporary books. I read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before back in 2018, and I haven’t continued the series since. I’ll get to this eventually.

6. What is a book published in 2021 you want to get to before 2022?

One Last Stop: McQuiston, Casey

I’ve heard nothing but high praise for One Last Stop ever since it was released in June! I really enjoyed Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue, so I know I’m going to like this one as well. I just need to find time to read it.

7. What is a genre you used to read a lot of that you don’t read as much of anymore?

Middle grade! I used to read a lot of middle grade when I was younger, but I’ve grown out of it in the past couple years. Nowadays, the only middle grade books I read are graphic novels.

8. What is a new genre you’ve discovered since 2015?

Speaking of graphic novels, I didn’t realize they were a thing until a few years ago. When I first discovered them, my first thought was they’re like picture books, but for teens and adults! Below are a few of my favorite graphic novel books/series.

The Tea Dragon Society (1): O'Neill, K.: 9781620104415: Amazon.com: BooksAmazon.com: Check, Please! Book 1: # Hockey (Check, Please!, 1)  (9781250177964): Ukazu, Ngozi: BooksAmazon.com: Nimona (9780062278227): Stevenson, Noelle, Stevenson, Noelle:  BooksHeartstopper, Volume One Alice Oseman book coverThe Witch Boy: Ostertag, Molly Knox: 9781338089516: Amazon.com: BooksAmazon.com: The Prince and the Dressmaker (9781626723634): Wang, Jen: Books

9. What is a reading or book habit you are hoping to leave behind in this decade?

I have a bad habit of buying books but not reading them. I’ve made it a goal this year to try and read all the unread books on my shelf. To be completely honest, I had the same goal in 2020, but I failed miserably. I ended up with more books at the end of last year than what I started off with! This year, I’m making more of an effort to read them all, and while I’m making some progress, I’m not reading fast enough. We’ll see how I do in a few months, I guess.

How I Spend Money" Tote – Scribbles Shop

10. What is a new reading goal or habit you want to create in the upcoming decade?

I want to branch out and read books outside the fantasy genre. I’ve pretty much been reading nothing but fantasy for the last few years, and I need to go outside my comfort zone every once in a while. Maybe I’ll find another genre I didn’t know I liked!

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Stay awkward and amazing!

4 thoughts on “10 Year Challenge!

  1. Knit One, Spin Too 09/20/2021 / 11:00 am

    This was a fun memory trip! Thanks for sharing. (I also thought Six Crimson Cranes this year was fantastic!)

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