2017 Reading Challenge

New year, new books to read! We’d bet our bottom dollar that every proper human being on this planet (fictional characters may or may not be included) create goals or resolutions to accomplish within twelve months for a better year. In Goodreads, we set a specific number of books we want to read in the whole year, and that’s what we’re going to talk about.

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Since 2014, I started doing the reading challenge and have completed them for 3 years straight. I had begun at 15 books then, and by the end of the year I’ve managed to read three more. The following year, I had tried to double it to 30 and succeeded too soon that I got to read a total of 53 books. Last 2016, I challenged myself to 60 books and was so confident that I’m going to achieve it. However, it didn’t turn out to what I expected because I was always several books behind especially during the last months of the year. College got me very buys and helk was I so pressured! I binge-read novellas, poetry books and audio books to catch up. And on the last day of December, I have read three books. I completed the challenge, I did it. 😎

Sooo, anyway, this year I lowered it down to only 45 books. Better first complete it and exceed rather than not succeed! With that, I’m aiming to get more diverse books in my hands; the community is growing larger and I want to be a part of the advocacy, to support and spread the wonder of these novels. I’m also planning to read all the books off my shelf first before buying new ones. NovelKnight’s #BeatTheBacklist inspired me and therefore had me joining the club. This is to prevent the mighty TBR list from getting longerer and help readers actually read what’s on their shelf (that’s probably been stuck in there for ages), before buying the latest releases. It may be a “new year, new books to read”-kind-of-year, let’s also not forget about our book darlings that were published earlier. If you’re determined like me, I encourage everyone to participate in this challenge!

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This year, I’ll be reading at least 30 books! I was planning to go for 45, like Kristen, but she suggested that I should try to double what I’ve read last year, which was 15. To give a brief history, I started my Goodreads Reading Challenge because of Kristen. When we started to know each other, it was January of last year when she suggested that I should join the reading challenge. So basically 2015 was not my reading year, because I got to read only around 5 books that year (probably less). That statistic was pretty awful, and I wasn’t even busy that year. And believe me, telling a girl (that you really like, and who read 53 books) that you read 5 books that year was not a good way to impress her (but I still did, didn’t I? 😎). So I wanted to improve myself in 2016 and set a goal of reading 15 books! Though I was pretty busy because of college, I still completed my reading challenge just in time. And this year, it will be a bigger reading year for me. 

So I’m planning to read more this year because I want to explore more stories, some of which I haven’t read before. I’ll continue some of the series I’ve put on hold, and welcome new ones in open arms. I plan to not stop reading even if I’ve reached 30 books already, so I’ll read as many as I can! Also, I’ll also be joining the #BeatTheBacklist challenge (like Kristen), which means that I won’t be reading books published this year (or at least read less books that will be published this year). I have so many unread books from my shelf, and I want to finish them all before I buy new ones. But I will buy books which were published the previous years – books that I need to continue, or finish a series. I also plan to read more classical books this year, more than what I’ve read the previous years. So that explains what I’m planning to do this 2017 in terms of reading. So for now, I’ll be starting to read my first book of 2017 – Extraordinary Means, by Robyn Schneider (A review on that soon!).

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Behind the Cover

Hey there! It’s us. And our first post will be… well, about us! We are both 17 Communication students from the tropical and sunny Philippines, and no, we don’t go to the same university although we’re taking the same major in college. It is fate that brought us together despite the (short) distance between us. 😜 We’ve known each other for over a year now, more than we individually know ourselves. That’s why here, we chose to tell things we know about each other rather than describing our own selves that’ll result to … nothing, probably. 

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This is Gio. He fell in love with books since 5th grade and stayed in love until now. From The 39 Clues to Matthew Quick novels, books have kept him company as an only child. Young Adult Fiction, specifically fantasy and contemporary, is his favorite and most-read genre. He’s a dork and a big nerd. He usually spends his free time playing video games, collecting toys (he has a hundred of ’em!), capturing Pokémon here and there, making origami and watching TV shows or movies which are nerdy (i.e. Star Wars, Sherlock, Doctor Who, etc.) aside from the seasonal football games.

He’s a huge fan of Owl City music and recently he listens to Capital Cities too. He also found his way to the world of writing; so far he has a couple of unfinished storieshandwritten and typedhidden in his drawer. Besides that, he has a collection of poetry as well in which some of them have been featured and published in folios and school newsletters/magazines. He’s currently a Literary Deputy Editor of their college publication. Being an introvert, words are his best friends. I’ve never met nor known someone like him before because of his uniqueness. For me, he’s a book being written everyday. He’s a living compilation of stories, never ending. There’s a lot more to discover behind those glasses (which he looks so adorkable with them) and I’m always in the mood to explore every page of him.

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This is Kristen. She has a beautiful smile and she loves reading Fantasy novels that bring her into her own wonderful world. I’d want to join her someday there, wherever she takes herself. She is the most brilliant writer I’ve ever known, and all of her works—her short stories and poetry—are works of art that will someday be published for their wonders. Her love for Disney is one of the things that makes her lovely; she’d spent the entire day watching Disney films as she sings along to their soundtracks. She has  a beautiful voice, though she claims that she doesn’t have, that makes me smile every time I hear it (she’s singing right now as I type this down, and I really can’t help but smile), and also makes me feel alive and well, if I’m not fine. She’s a big fan of Taylor Swift, and she also listens to country music, which is another thing that’s unique about her.

She adores ice skating and plans to improve on her skills in the future when the time comes. She’s silent, timid, and a demure type of girl, but inside her is a universe filled with thoughts, ideas, and imaginations that I cannot wait to hear when we converse in the night before we sleep. She’s really special, and she’s the best person to be with, and she never fails to make me happy, which is one of the infinite of things that’s wonderful about her.

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So, this is us, Kristen and Gio, and that’s all we can share about our personal characters (at least, for now!). Expect to hear from more of us soon! Book reviews*, book recommendations and discussions, literary works, and other varieties of reading- and writing-related stuff will be posted on our blog! Perhaps we’re going to share occasional life stories, too!

We can’t wait to travel through the tales with all of you, fellow loving readers!  After all, this is just a prologue… 😉 

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