Did I read 25 Before 25?

Did I read 25 Before 25?

Today is my birthday – hooray! Which also means it’s the deadline for me to finish reading all 25 books on my 25 Before 25 list. As I’ve already read 60 books in 2021, of course I must have managed to get every book on the list checked off… Right?

Ha, wrong!

Yes, you heard that right. I’ve successfully procrastinated reading most of the books I wanted to read in the past year. I’ve managed to read a lot of books in the last 12 months, which I am happy with, but I’m disappointed in myself for not being able to rise to my own challenge and get all of the books on my list completed.

So, let’s break it down book by book, and see what went wrong in the past 12 months.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I completely blame Sean for not getting this one ticked off. He decided he wanted to reread this book with me, then changed his mind and said he was no longer interested, then said he did want to reread it again after all. Mixed signals! I am thinking of including this one in a themed reading vlog over on my BookTube channel at some point in the next couple of months, so hopefully Sean will have made up his mind by the time I decide to film that.

The Gunslinger by Stephen King – I read this one! I even read the sequel, The Drawing of the Three. Look at me go.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – This book made it onto our Bookoplathon TBR, but it ended up being such a mess that we wiped the slate clean and started the TBR all over again. I still want to read a Brandon Sanderson book eventually, but unfortunately 24 was not the age for me to succeed at that.

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan – Yes! We read this one! We’ve even read The Great Hunt and The Dragon Reborn, and we’re halfway through The Shadow Rising. Smashing it!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – I was thinking about reading Gone Girl this month, as my punishment for not reading my entire March TBR is to read a book which I’ve unhauled in the past. I owned a hardback and a paperback of Gone Girl and the hardback was in bad condition so I got rid of it many years ago, which would have made it the perfect book for this prompt, but unfortunately I haven’t had time to get to it yet. Maybe by the end of April I will have been able to squeeze it in…

Dark Age by Pierce Brown – Another book we managed to read! And this one is CHUNKY.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – Yep! I’m yet to carry on with the series, but I listened to the audiobook of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children and really liked the narrator, so I might see if the rest of the audiobooks are available on BorrowBox.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – Nope. I didn’t even start rereading this trilogy. Oops.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Another nope. I’m still interested in this book, but I just can’t seem to convince myself to read it.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – We got about 100 pages into this book, and for some reason we abandoned it. I’ll definitely be getting this finished before the end of 2021, but I am frustrated with myself for not finishing it off already!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – I read my first Marissa Meyer book in January, but it wasn’t Cinder! I ended up picking up Heartless instead. I really enjoyed it, and it’s made me even more excited to pick up Cinder, so I’m still hoping to at least start this series within the next couple of months.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – Another series reread that I didn’t even start, let alone finish. Whoops.

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris – I did read this one, and I didn’t end up being impressed by it. I’m going to give the next book in the series a try, but I don’t think I’m going to read all of them.

Half Lost by Sally Green – Another series reread that I didn’t even start! This hasn’t been helped by the fact that Sean and I read The Smoke Thieves together and he didn’t enjoy it very much, so he no longer trusts me about how amazing Half Bad is. We are halfway through the final book in The Smoke Thieves trilogy though, so once we’ve finished that we might move on to these.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – I had completely forgotten that this book was on my 25 Before 25 list, but we have read it and I really enjoyed it! Looking forward to carrying on with this trilogy.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner – I talk more about The Maze Runner and my conflicting feelings towards it in a recent Top Ten Tuesday post about books I’ll probably unhaul. I’m still interested in reading this series, but I don’t want to support James Dashner, so the only reason I’m still considering reading them is because I’ve already bought them so I won’t be giving him any more money if I do pick them up.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – I want to want to read this book, but something about it (*cough* probably that insufferable Kate Bush song *cough*) really puts me off. I read the first chapter to Sean to see whether it was one that he would want to read with me and he is also interested in it, but the first chapter didn’t grab us enough to make us read it straight away and now it’s just gathering dust.

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle – I’d also forgotten that this book was on my list, otherwise we would have probably ticked this one off because it’s really short! I’ll prioritise starting the Sherlock series within the next couple of months.

The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf – This is quite dense non-fiction, and my brain hasn’t felt up to the challenge of reading this this year. I’m still interested in it, but it doesn’t feel like an urgent priority to pick this book up.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman – A short story collection! Surely I read this one? …nope, unfortunately not.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – Dammit, I put the wrong Jay Kristoff novel on this list. I read the entire Illuminae Files series (and even did a spoilery series review of them!), but still haven’t picked up Nevernight. Whoops.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra ClareCity of Bones was one of the books on our October TBR, but unfortunately we spent the entire month reading IT by Stephen King… Which would have been a really awesome book to include on my 25 Before 25 list, but alas. I’m still hoping to read the Shadowhunters books eventually.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams – Another book I’d forgotten that I’d put on this list. If I do another one of these I really need to remember to check it more often!

What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne – I didn’t start my Spinster Club reread, let alone finish the trilogy. I did reread The Places I’ve Cried in Public, which counts – right?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – Another book series I talk about in my books I might unhaul post. I reread the first three books in the series, but I’m not feeling inclined to continue on for obvious reasons.

So, out of the 25 books I was aiming to read, I managed to read… 6.

Oh boy, that’s embarrassing.

In fairness to myself, I did carry on a couple of series and begin rereading some of the books I needed to read, so thanks to this list I actually read 12 books (and got halfway through Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, so 12 and a half!). But that’s still not 25, and I’m still embarrassed.

In conclusion, I’m not good at completing challenges I set myself, and I’m definitely not doing a 26 Before 26 list. I might consider making a 30 Before 30 list because that’ll give me 5 years to get all of the books checked off, but then I’ll probably forget the list exists by then so it still won’t go well!

Are there any of the books I’ve skipped on this list that you want me to pick up ASAP? If so, let me know down in the comments and I’ll do what I can.

Thank you for reading, and I’m sorry that I’m a failure,