My Reading Experience This Year

From the global pandemic, devastating bushfires and everything else that went wrong in 2020, the year has been fairly negative. With just a few weeks to go before entering the new year, and a week till the end of the academic year, I’d like to end on a positive note.

I’ve read more this year than ever before.

Now I don’t mean that in terms of the number of books I read, but rather the experience in general. I’ve been significantly more engaged with each book and gotten a lot more out of them than in previous years.

Nevertheless, here are the books I’ve read this year.

Animal Farm

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

This novella ticks off item 7 on the Wider Reading checklist: A banned book.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This novel ticks off item 21: A book with more than 500 pages.

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

This book ticks off item 16: a fantasy novel.

Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard

This book ticks off item 5: A book by a female author.

Of Mice and Men by Jonathan Steinbeck

This book ticks off item 22: A novella.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This novel ticks off item 18: A book set in Africa.

Double Down by Jeff Kinney

This book ticks off item 17: A graphic novel, written and illustrated by the same person.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

This book ticks off item 24: A book written by or with a protagonist who identifies as LGBTQI.

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

“War is Peace. Freedom Is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.”

Although they are later explained in the novel, these statements are extremely bold and something that was glossed over initially.

This book ticks off item 9: A book based entirely on its cover.

2008 design by Shepard Fairey of Obey

This year has had many ups and downs and I definitely challenged myself with my reading by going outside of what I am familiar with. I read quite a few renowned classics and hope to expand on this in the future. I am currently reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and during the holidays, I plan on reading the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan purely out of interest. Next semester, I aim to read the Lord of the Flies by William Goulding, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and many more novels.

Overall, I was able to tick off 9 items on the Wider Reading list this year.

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