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

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?