Goodreads Challenge complete! (and a short book review…)

Yes, it’s true: I’ve just completed my first ever Goodreads reading challenge. My jubilation is significantly dampened by the paltry number of books it was–a mere 20. Still, this is the first time I’ve made the effort to track my reading, and I’m pleased with myself for bothering.

Looking back on 2017’s books, I think I would choose Ready Player One as my favorite. The main character, Wade Watts, felt very true, and the book was appropriately epic. I’m apprehensively excited for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming adaptation.

So, what was the last book that I read? Here it is:

Title: Stripes of Gehenna
Author: Lara Hues
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Adventure
Print Length: 158 pages

Kathryn knows a few things about human growth hormone and steroids: (1) when used to enhance performance in a sport, they are absolutely, wholly illegal, and (2) her estranged Uncle Richy ruined his life doing just that.
Outside of the occasional awkward Thanksgiving dinner, Kathryn barely knows her uncle. But when Richy unrepentantly invited her to his research lab, Kathryn can’t help herself. After all, Richy’s drug-abuse days are far behind him – replaced by decades of research on how the illegal GH10 compound that destroyed his sports career and marriage, can enhance a pair of Siberian tigers. And the experience would look great on her college applications.
It isn’t until Kathryn is whisked away to Richy’s private island research lab that she discovers the tigers aren’t the only ones receiving GH10…
To survive the trip, Kathryn will have to be more than strong. She’ll have to be cunning, brave, and determined to beat the odds.

Stripes of Gehenna was a fun sci-fi adventure story. There were a few places where the pacing felt a bit rushed, but overall the writing was smooth and pleasant. Kathryn was a good protagonist, and most of the supporting characters felt very fleshed out as well, especially for such a short book.

It was an entertaining read. 4/5
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A super short review, I know. But, I just had to say something about the book that got me to complete my reading goal for the year! I think I’ll go for 30 books in 2018….

Thanks for dropping by!

23 thoughts on “Goodreads Challenge complete! (and a short book review…)”

  1. The point shouldn’t be how many books you read, but the thoughts and feelings you take away from them! Any reading is good reading, so you have every right to be proud! And Congratulations! Ready Player One was amazing and will probably be a review book for me in the near future! Happy Reading!

    1. Thanks! And that’s a great point–it really is about the experience that you have with what you read. I had great experiences, so it makes me excited to push myself a little bit next year! 🙂

    1. You’ll have to get around to it before the movie comes out. I think it’s worthy of the hype–a solidly good book!

    1. That’s very true. I suppose I’m not really bothered by the low number. I’m more of just impressed with how much other people read.
      But I’m fine with my reading speed. I don’t go very far, but I don’t miss any details either. I sometimes wonder if really really day readers miss some of the nuances of what they read.

    1. I guess that would make it more like 24 then. I finished one book that just needs to go through the editing process, and am pages away from wrapping up another.
      It’s true though that a lot of my reading time gets poured into writing.

    1. Thank you! I wanted a goal that wouldn’t stress me out at all, and it didn’t. I plan on pushing myself a little bit more next year, though not a lot. 🙂
      Yes, it was a good little book. Kept me interested and entertained.

  2. Congratulations on completing your first Goodreads challenge! Its so easy to judge the amount of books we’ve read (especially in comparison to completed triple-digit challenges- I’ll always be impressed by those!), but honestly, the euphoria we experience while reading is immeasurable, whether we’ve been able to read 5 books this year or 500. 🙂

    Thanks for your thoughts on Ready Player One, I have been intrigued by it for awhile now…going to hop over to Goodreads and add it to my to-be read list. 🙂

    1. It’s very true. Our experience with the individual books is what matters more. Reading 1 book that changes you for the better is a much greater personal accomplishment than 1,000 books that don’t.
      And definitely check out Ready Player One, if you’re curious. If you do audiobooks, the reader for it did an amazing job.

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