The Best and Worst of My Goodreads Challenge So Far

It’s nearly the end of September. I’ve read 21 of 50 books. I’m vaguely reading 3 at once. I don’t know whether I’ll make it to 50 – so here’s the best and worst of the books I have read so far in 2016 for my Goodreads Reading Challenge.

The Worst


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
Verdict: Fanfiction

Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner
Verdict: I thought this was a lesbian romance novel….it was not

The Widow by Fiona Barton
Verdict: Good journalist character, unsympathetic wife character

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
Verdict: It tried at angst and failed

The Best

The Man In The High Castle by Philip K Dick
Verdict: A scifi classic worthy of adoration

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Verdict: Thrilling and captivating with all of its twists

Young Romantics: The Tangled Lives of English Poetry’s Greatest Generation by Daisy Hay
Verdict: Rich and romantic…poor Mary Shelley

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Verdict: Life-changing

What’s the best and worst of books you’ve read in 2016?

~ Emma

Goodreads Challenge: 50 Books in 52 Weeks (1 Year)


This year I decided to take part in the Goodreads Challenge. Namely, reading 50 books in one year. As a friend pointed out to me, that’s just more than one book per week.

This realisation filled me with trepidation. I am a full time teacher, and so my life is filled with school during the week….then marking and planning most weekends. Add a social life, exercise and managing a chronic illness to that…. how was I going to manage?

The first thing I did when taking part in this challenge was vow not to beat myself up if I don’t reach the 50 books goal. Last year, I read 17. But regardless, whatever number I reach at the finish line will be a job well done.

Secondly, I decided I would listen to audiobooks. This was because after work, my eyes are way too tired to focus on a book or screen. Being able to flop on my bed and listen to a story is paradise. This also means I can clock in more ‘reading’ time by listening to an audiobook on the commute to work.

So far, I’ve had a few hits and misses with the books I’ve read for this challenge. I like to read a broad range. My faves so far have been Ellyn Saks’ memoir of living with schizophrenia, The Centre Cannot Hold and Philip K Dick’s alternate WW2 universe The Man In The High Castle. I have to say that Stars Over Sunset Boulevard deeply disappointed me, but that’s no one’s fault but mine as I miatakenly read too much into the blurb and thought it was a lesbian romance. Spoiler: it was not!

You can follow my challenge reading progress here.

Have you given yourself a reading challenge? How are you going?

~ Emma