With regards to 2017 Reading Challenge, my goal was to read 30 books. I am finishing this year with 16 books read. Not bad, considering I’m a college student. Overall, it added up to 5,947 pages.
Somehow, for whatever reason, I didn’t read many books this year that I found life-changing or simply… good enough. My average rating for 2017 was 3.3 out of 5 stars. I believe there was only one book I gave 5 stars to and it was “Caraval” by Stephanie Garber. I had such a hard time reviewing this particular book, because for a very long time I couldn’t pinpoint why exactly did I like it. I’m actually still not sure whether the book was genuinely good, or it simply appealed to me because it was relatable to my life at the time I read it. Caraval is definitely one of the books I will have to re-read.
My most disappointing read… now that’s a tough choice. “Adultery” by Paulo Coelho is up there, but I think the trophy goes to A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) series. Yes, entire series, not just a single book. It was a waste of my time: awkward character dialogues, cringe sex scenes, annoying repetition of phrases. The first book in this trilogy had a lot of potential and from there onward, everything that was built in first book has been destroyed and remodelled in later ones.
Overall, I’m happy with those 16 books read. I didn’t reach my goal, but considering half of the year I was busy with college and exams, I think I still managed to read enough. In year 2018 I will plan the exact same thing, to read 30 books. It seems like an achievable number, considering I’ll be finishing college very soon. What will your reading challenge look like in the upcoming year?
Personally, 2017 was my best and worst year simultaneously. I guess it does make sense, all the best things came after the worst has happened. It was a fantastic year overall, full of personal growth after all that mess.
I’ve been damaged, I have struggled, I didn’t smile as often as I would before. For some time now I have been stuck somewhere in between. I got lost in myself, I lost sight of what’s important, but I kept going.
And it was worth it.
This year felt like something was and wasn’t there in many aspects of my life. I have learned the hard way that people don’t become what you want them to be. I also never thought some people will be temporary. Regardless of whether they left or stayed, this time, I didn’t chase after. The most important people in my life were there for me when I wasn’t very lovable, when I wasn’t a good friend to them and for that I will be forever grateful. Those people opened up my eyes to what I already knew but didn’t want to accept, they helped me gain clarity.
Year 2017 broke me mentally, it was an unfair fight that I wasn’t ready for. But I believe it also shaped me into a better person.
And so I will continue to embrace this life for everything that it is and isn’t. With people who truly care for me. Come 2018, I will welcome you with open arms.