When You're Behind On Your Reading Challenge...

Friday, November 21, 2014

I love the classics. I do. But let's be real - their awesomeness takes a little while to get through. I don't think I've ever read a good-sized classic novel in less than a week. I also don't think I've ever disliked a classic either so... there's that.

But what's a girl to do when she's almost a dozen books behind on her reading challenge and it's the middle of November? Here are my suggestions to hit that book challenge goal:
When you're trying to hit the reading goal, there are 3 major categories of novels (most of them in YA books) that I suggest you pull from.

When a novel has a continuation, I get excited to keep going, so before I know it I've read three books in one week. Check my Goodreads page. I devoured the first 5 books in the Mortal Instruments series in like two weeks! It's a great way to get sucked out of a reading slump and into a whole new world (with Aladdin? A girl can dream). Before you know it, you're so close to that reading goal.

Below are a few of my suggestions for trilogies/series that are sure to hold your attention and seriously add to your "read books" list just in time for the new year.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (3 books published; 1 book to go)
The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins (all 3 books published)
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (all 3 books published)
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (4 books published; 2 or 3 books to go)
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (all 6 books published)
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (all 7 books published)

The thing I love about contemporary novels is that they don't take long to get into. They are set in the world we already know and generally deal with elements of life that we've experienced or are familiar with, as opposed to fantasy or dystopians which have a learning curve of sorts. I also find that books about love and life are just faster reads. My go-to book to pull me out of a reading slump is Anna & the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, our November book of the month! Anytime I need a pick me up, it's the book I reach for.

There are so many good contemporaries out there that I can't even attempt to list them, but here are a few that I love.

Anna & the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (or any Sarah Dessen novel)
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Where The Heart Is by Billie Letts

This just might be cheating but I mean not really because Goodreads allows it. And we all know that if Goodreads allows it then it counts damn it! Which reminds me that they should really allow you to count rereads towards the book challenge. Anyway, I digress. Short stories, Novellas and Graphic Novels. They're a great source for meeting that reading challenge because (1) they are usually quick reads and (2) in many cases, each short story can be counted. For instance, Four: A Divergent Collection, is a bind up on 4 (surprise, surprise) short stories, all four of which can be marked as 'read'. Hello, four more reads!

Here are a few short story bind-ups, novellas and graphic novels that are on my TBR list.

Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This by Robin Black
Going To Meet The Man by James Baldwin
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
Deadly Class by Rick Remender, Wesley Craig, and Lee Loughridge

How are you doing on your reading challenge? Any suggestions for quick reads to boost your numbers?


  1. My sister just sent me the divergent series from australia so Im making my way through those. Im also reading some random books as well. Love this post!

  2. ahh I love you so much for this. I have only read 82 out of my 100 books, so I am definitely behind. I only really started the challenge and tracking my books in like August though, thankfully I had my blog to remind me what I had read early in the year but otherwise it's only been a couple months that I've been really trying to get to 100. Yay for short stories counting, I read The Lunar Chronicles & The Delirium Trilogy and all their short stories and that gave me a huge much needed bump. I totally agree with trilogies as well, and I read the Mortal Instruments when there was only one or two (maybe three) and have been wanting to re-read them and of course read the ones I haven't read yet. They, and the Infernal Devices, are on my kindle waiting for me. Also Anna and the French Kiss, I am going to try and read it this weekend but we'll see if I have time. I also want to re-read Harry Potter this year, and start Outlander, but we'll see!
    Oh I wish re-reads counted, with Pride & Prejudice alone I'd have an extra 10 reads haha. I'm reading it right now! Oh and I totally agree about the classics, even with P&P though I could read it in a day, it takes me longer to get into the world of classics and I need some time to deal with them, if that makes sense. I like to savour them and I also understand them better if I take my time.
    I added like all of these books to my list, lol.

  3. Oh man girl, I'm way behind too! I'm trying to get through Gone Girl and Outlander!

  4. I am totally behind on my reading challenge! I need to get on that asap. Love the suggestions. Get collection of books here too. :)


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