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GCD: Personal Accomplishment (Reading)

To achieve a personal accomplishment, I set a goal first. The goal I set for myself was to read 52 books in 2016. This meant that I would read one book every week. However, there were weeks during which I did not have enough time to read a whole book. Luckily for me, I then had periods during which I read 3 books a week which then made up for the weeks during which I didn’t read.

Here is the link to the good reads shelf I made over the past year.

My top 5 books were, in no particular order:
The Pause by John Larkin
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Every You, Every Me by David Levithan
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie

The reason why these books made my top 5 list was because they either helped me through difficult time/left a meaningful impact on me or because they were thrilled to read. I think the book that left the biggest impact on me was ‘The Pause’. It is a story about Declan who is about to commit suicide but then pauses. The book then tells the story of all the things that would have happened if he had not continued running towards the train after the pause. It was a rather deep but for obvious reasons but it also had quite a few unexpected life lessons and important messages within the story. I would definitely recommend this book.

My least favorite books were Ausländer by Paul Dowswell and The Crimson Cap by Ellen Howard.
The reason why is generally because I did not like the tone in which the books were written. Maybe it was also because I could not relate to the characters. However, I did not finish either of these books completely so maybe they got better towards the very end.

The process
I really enjoyed this part of the GCD. Reading is something I do for fun but setting myself a challenge and using it as something that can benefit my future was great. Additionally, it meant that I always made sure I spent some of my spare time reading instead of going on the internet and doing nothing useful.
There wasn’t really any difficult part of this entire process, except finding enough time to really sit down and read and that towards the end I had to prioritize shorter books so that I could reach my goal. Overall, it was a great experience that was challenging but fun at the same time.

Would I do it again?
Yes definitely. Setting myself a high goal was motivating to get more reading done. As reading is also something I enjoy greatly and it is important to make time for things you enjoy, this was a win-win situation.