Novels #7: Why I joined Goodreads

 Hi Gang!

  If you've been with me since the beginning, oh my gosh, thank you so much for dealing with me for so long. If you are newer, then welcome and strap in for a bit of storytime. When I was younger, reading was my favorite thing to do. It was my escape from the mundane of school work and my more than lack of interest in the outside. I used to go to the library so often, that the librarians knew me by name. 

  I kind of fell out of reading in my senior year in high school. Getting ready to go to college stressed me out, and as a devourer of YA literature and romantic films, I was too busy running around trying to "live life to the fullest", parties and hanging out with friends that I wasn't going to see anymore, that sort of thing. 

 When I got to college I didn't have any time to read at all, and I just kind of let it go. When I left college, all I did was work and played video games mostly. It was a great way to release the stress of having to pay bills and living on my own. It had gotten to the point that I was finishing a novel a year. Which is abysmal if you consider the fact that I used to average about 4 novels a week. Let's do a little math here. 4 novels a week. There are 52 weeks in a year. That is 208 novels a year. I went from reading 208 novels a year to one. I'm appalled that I let my reading get that far away from me, honestly.

 I've never read critically, which is why you'll never find a review here. I love immersing myself in a fictional world, I don't want to ruin that by attempting to intentionally put an educational spin on it. I just want to relax and start on a new fictional adventure. Now, that doesn't mean that if I'm reading and some fuckshit goes down, that I just ignore it and continue the story. There are plenty of novels that I haven't finished because something happened and I had to just close the cover and say nope. 

 Now that I'm an "adult" I've gotten much better at time management. I decided to join Goodreads after discovering booktube, I honestly don't know how I missed it, these ladies definitely would have helped me keep reading if I had known about them. I'm trying really hard to let go of my dependency on paper and physical books. Compared to a few years ago, I've really embraced e-books, and I'm listening to audiobooks more and more often. Goodreads replaces my notebooks that are filled with novel titles and authors that I wanted to read. 

 I'm currently copying them over, but once they are in, then I can scan future books and keep track of books that I want to read, books that I've read, and even get recommendations from friends that I don't see often enough to ask, "Hey, read any good books lately?" I know I'm halfway through the year, but I'm determined to finish 20 books by the end of 2017. I just recently finished Desires of the Dead, by Kimberly Derting, the 2nd in the Body Finder Series. I'm currently working on The Awesome by Eve Darrows and Unearthly Things by Michelle Gagnon. 

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