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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.

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