Blooming El

LIFE. TRAVEL. GRATITUDE.

HOW GOODREADS CHANGED THE WAY I READ

I've always loved reading. From my Dad shortening Milly-Molly-Mandy to M M M in primary school, to falling head over heels for Edward Cullen, and becoming engrossed in Cathy's Book in my early teens.

One of the best things you can do is pick up a book and allow yourself to just escape for a little bit, to get lost in a world of new places, complicated characters, and a gripping storyline.

I studied English Literature in sixth form and for a while, reading became more of a chore. I was reading books that I wasn't interested in or couldn't get in to, forced to analyse each word and question the actions of the author. Once I left sixth form and could read for fun, I found that it took me a while to pick up another book. 

Eventually, I bought a few books from the charity shop and received some as Christmas and birthday presents, but reading wasn't a priority for me and I opted to spend my time scrolling through Twitter or binge watching a Netflix documentary instead.

That was until I found Goodreads.


Having somewhere to track what I've read, being able to compile a list of everything I want to read, and finding inspiration from friends has really helped bring back my reading mojo (oh and the fact that I purchased a book advent calendar for myself probably helped too).

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Goodreads, it's a website and app that allows you to compile lists of books you've read and want to read, track what you're currently reading and how far along you are, and set reading goals. You can rate books, write reviews, and keep up to date with what your friends are reading. 

After reading a book, you get an email asking you 'what's next?'. It's a gentle reminder to pick up another book and get lost in another storyline. I'm six books away from reaching my 2018 reading goal and although 24 books might not be a lot for some, it's a big goal to me and one that I'd never even thought about achieving.

I've always enjoyed reading but it's easy to fall into a Netflix, social media, or 'yeah maybe later' hole. Normally, I'd only read two or three books in a year. Now I'm whizzing through two or three in a month. Goodreads has made my once loved hobby fun again, it has brought reading back to life, and given me a goal that I actually want to achieve. 

If only I had it when I first started reading, I'd love to be able to see a list of everything I've read over the last 20 years or so...

Do you use Goodreads? Do you like setting yourself a reading goal?

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