Skip to main content

2012 Reading Challenge Update

I thought today I would give you a quick update on how I'm doing with my '2012 Reading Challenge'.

My aim was to read 50 books this year and so far I have managed...a pathetic...14.

According to Goodreads that means that I am at 26% of my challenge when, at this point I should be at 56%. Ooops! So from today I'm really getting my reading head on.

My problem is that I do all my reading in my bed at night but I have to confess to being a bit of a night owl and I usually stay up into the wee, small hours tweeting on Twitter or catching up with my two favourite soaps, Emmerdale and Coronation Street, which I never seem to manage to see at the scheduled times. Then of course, when I do get to bed, I'm too tired to read. It's not as if there's a shortage of reading material either. I currently have...wait for it...57 books on my Kindle and 12 'paper' books all waiting to be read. I've even started carrying my Kindle everywhere with me in the hope that I can catch a few extra minutes to read a chapter or so.

So, from now on, the other part of my challenge is to have earlier nights so that I can get back on track.

I'd love to hear how everyone else is getting on with the challenge and also if anyone has more books than I have physically sitting in their 'to read' pile.


Anonymous said…
Last year, my goal was 100 books, because I had barely read half a dozen in the 8 years since I'd had my first child. By June, I was at 25. But by Dec 31st, I'd finished with 102.

While I read some fine literature, I mostly stuck to quick reads and shorter texts. And if a book wasn't holding my interest, I chucked it. Life is too short to waste muddling through boring prose. I also sometimes took time first thing in the morning to read a chapter. As much as I love sleep--and BOY, do I LOVE sleep--it was nice to start the day with a good read instead of twenty extra minutes of snooze.

What I really loved about the challenge, though, is that it forced me to read outside my comfort zone, and I discovered some new authors and books I probably wouldn't have otherwise picked up.

Good luck! You're going to finish and you're going to feel so good when you do!

Denise said…
Thanks Lynn, I'm so determined to complete this challenge.

I'm impressed that you said you would read 100 books and even more impressed that you did it after being so far behind. Well done!

I like the idea of waking up a bit earlier and doing some reading in the morning. In fact, I'm now thinking that I could set the alarm a bit earlier, get myself a cuppa and then go back to bed and read for half an hour every morning.

Like everything you need to get into the habit of reading and recently I've just not been consistent enough but now that's all going to change.

Thanks for the tips.

Popular posts from this blog

The Sad Songs Blogfest

This is the first time I've ever taken part in a Blogfest and it has been great fun! Thank you to Diane for organising it. You can find Diane's blog by clicking here  Check out her list of inspirational, sad songs. I have had a ball going through old cds, trying to pick out my top 10 sad songs that inspire me. I have to admit that I could have come up with way more than 10 but I decided to give myself a limit. These songs hold no particular memories for me but they are songs that tug at my heart strings every time I hear them and if I'm ever feeling down and wanting to wallow in self-pity, then these are the songs I would put into my playlist and play whilst drinking a bottle glass or two of wine. Are you sitting comfortably? (click on any of the titles to hear the songs on youTube) Hello by Evanescence . The haunting piano accompaniment and the striking voice of Amy lee make this (in my opinion) one of the most moving songs this band have ever released. All O

A-Z Blogging Challenge: B is for 'Baa Baa Black Sheep'

Baa baa black sheep 'Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?   Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full, One for the master, one for the dame, And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.' Although this rhyme was first published in 1744 it is believed to have been around for much longer. In fact, it is thought that it was written in the Middle Ages during the reign of King Edward II (1307 - 1327). This seemingly innocent children's nursery rhyme about a black sheep yielding three bags of wool actually has political undertones like many of the nursery rhymes from that era. During the Middle Ages the wool industry in England was huge and wool was a very valuable commodity. England produced the best wool in Europe and peasants were required to pay their taxes in the form of sacks of wool. They gave a third to the King (the master), a third to the nobility (the dame) and they were allowed to keep the final third for themselves (the little boy who lived down the lane)

A-Z Blogging Challenge: A is for 'An Apple A Day'

An Apple a Day So here goes with the first post of the A-Z Blogging Challenge. For those of you who are not sure what my theme is you can find out by clicking here . We're all used to hearing the saying 'An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away' but did you know that it is actually taken from an old nursery rhyme? No-one knows for certain when it was first written but the first printed version of it has been traced back to 1866 although it is believed that it originated  long before that. It is also believed that the poem was written to encourage children to eat healthily. AN APPLE A DAY 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away Apple in the morning - Doctor's warning Roast apple at night - Starves the doctor outright Eat an apple going to bed - Knock the doctor on the head Three each day, seven days a week - Ruddy apple, ruddy cheek.' So you see - our 5 a day is really nothing new. Even two hundred years ago they were encouraging children to eat at l