Calling all book lovers! Are you tired of using Goodreads or want to receive more accurate data on your reading habits? Then let me introduce you to a website that is a like a dream come true for us: StoryGraph.
On the StoryGraph launch page, you are immediately introduced to your To-Read pile and and recommendations based on the preferences you place in. You can, of course, add what you are currently reading and a feature that started this week, you can now track the progress of your reading.
Now here is the best part. Based on your shelf, StoryGraph breaks down the moods, genres, pace, lengths, and ratings of your books. It also gives you an opportunity to record how many times you have reread books. Such as in 2020, I gravitated more fiction books that are lighthearted, mysterious, and reflective and I typically chose fast-paced books that are <300 pages long.
And during the selected reading year, you get to see what genre what you read the most.
And the pièce de résistance, StoryGraph provides this amazing nifty statistics graph that shows the books you read and pages and the speed of it throughout the year. As you can see here, my reading picked up in April (when lockdown/quarantine was at it’s peak) but then it dropped drastically in October (when I returned to work).
Now the rest is up to you! Sign up and discover these amazing features for yourself. Once you sign up you can import your Goodreads library to StoryGraph. But it is recommended you only do it once. If you do it multiple times, you risk introducing book and review duplicates to your StoryGraph account.
And now on to the reading challenges…
Are you trying to read more this year? Try Cup of Tea’s Reading Challenge 2021 that will not only introduce you to new books and genres but help you tackle your TBR pile. This year I created the challenge on StoryGraph, where you can view the challenge prompts and add books that will help you complete the challenge.
- A biography on someone who is still living
- A book by an author who is of different race, ethnicity, religion than your own
- A book that can be finished in a day
- A retelling of a classic book
- A book that was translated
- A book that has 500 or more pages
- A Debut Novel
- A Book That’s On Your TBR shelf for More Than 5 years
- A book written by a female author writing under a male pseudonym
- A lesser known work by a popular author
- Read a book of poetry
- Read a novel in verse
- Read a middle grade mystery
- Read a genre novel by an Indigenous, First Nations, or Native American author
- Read a book with a protagonist that has a disability
- Book about mental health (fiction/nonfiction)
- Read a historical fiction with a POC or LGBTQ+ protagonist
- An epistolary novel (a story told through letters)
- A book featuring an amateur detective
- A book about a family
- A book with a name in the title
- A book of mythology or folklore
- Own Voices Books Published in a Country Different From Your Home Country
- A book that recently been nominated or won an award
- Read a Nonfiction Book about Nature/Environment
- Read a nonfiction book About Books
- Read a children’s nonfiction book
- A memoir
- A nonfiction about a subject you want to know more about
- A book outside your comfort zone
I also want to read more classics in 2021 so why not make a challenge for classic books! I also put the challenge prompts on StoryGraph:
- Read a classic over 500 pages
- Read a classic ghost story
- A classic that was banned or censored
- A classic written by a POC author
- A classic with a POC character (main or supporting)
- New-to-you classic by a favorite author
- A classic anthology of poetry and/or short stories
- A book translated from a foreign language
- A book from an anonymous author
- A classic nonfiction book
- A Virago Modern Classic
- Welsh Women’s Classics
- Irish Classic
- Japanese Classic
- Read a modern classic
- British Library Crime Classics
- Spanish Classic Novel
- Read a classic that takes place in a country other than where you live
- A classic by an author new to you
- A humorous or satirical classic.