Thursday, March 8, 2012

Spring Reading Affair: 100 Books?

Hello everyone!

I have an interesting bit of a challenge. After discussing it with some people it came to my attention that the average person reads less than 10 books a year! It's a crime!

While it's completely understandable that life takes over, I start to wonder if it's really that we're too "busy" with our lives to read or if it's that we're too "busy" doing nothing! If you think about what you do when you come home from work or school in the evening... do you watch TV? Surf the internet for hours? Play solitaire?

If there's a book that you would really enjoy reading then you should pick it up! Regardless of whether you have extra hours of free time every day, if you would allow yourself even 30 minutes of reading a day you' be able to put a serious dent in that list of books you've been longing to read.

As for me, I decided that it was time for me to really challenge myself and get through that ever lengthening list of books I have yet to read!

After thinking about how much I normally used to read vs. the amount I read now it's pretty simple to see that my numbers have drastically reduced since grade school. Of course! There's more life going on! But my excuses for not reading my book favorites are flimsy at best... so, I've decided to give myself a great challenge!

DOING THE MATH

My number of books per year vary, and it should, some years are busier than others! My worst years have been as low as 20. How will I ever read all of the books that I want to read in this lifetime if I can only read 20 books a year!

So I've decided that it's time to stop fooling around. Time to get down to business!

This year, 2012, is the year of reading renewal!

My personal goal this year is to read 100 books.

Based on what I've already read this year that's 2-3 books a week from here until the end of the year.

Hmm. I feel the hubristic side of me shooing away the challenge with annoyance. "No problem!" it says.

Yeah right! I know that this will be a huge challenge, and an even bigger accomplishment for me if I'm able to keep it going.

In the process of reading I want to continue to give book reviews and book suggestions to all of you. If even a couple of the titles I read interest you then I'll be perfectly glad, and my mission to spread the word of reading will not be failed!

READING SUGGESTIONS

While I'm doing this challenge I would love book suggestions from you. If there's a book that you've ever really enjoyed, feel free to share!

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STARTING OFF

Week 1 Goal:
3 books by Wednesday March 15th.

The books this week are

"A Hard Day's Fright" by Casey Daniels




















"Aunt Dimity & The Family Tree" by Nancy Atherton




















"Faking It" by Jennifer Crusie




















I am very excited to get started on this fantastic adventure! Whenever I'm done I will do my best to get up a short review or rating of the books as soon as possible.

Wish me luck readers! And keep up with me if you can!

Until next blog,

~A.






6 comments:

  1. 100 books? That's madness, I couldn't manage that.

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  2. Good luck :) I'm going for 75 this year, and so far I'm doing good.

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  3. Amber! Good luck to you and 75 books as well!!! Let me know when you come across a really good one!

    Michael: It's not madness! It's adventure! And I bet you could manage it. What I've discovered is that you just have to get a rhythm going.

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  4. I also cherish my school days, when I was able to read at least 5 books per month... Now I barely manage to read 2 books every month!! Good luck with your challenge!! 100 books.. that's a big number!! Hope you'll make it!
    I am aiming for 50 books this year!
    My suggestions would be "Tyger, Tyger" by Kersten Hamilton, "The warrior heir" by Cinda Williams Chima and "Poison Study" by Maria V.Snyder.

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  5. Hi hun i am going from 300 hundred this year for my challenge on Goodreads, i nearly did it last year.

    http://clotheskays.blogspot.co.uk/

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