I love to read. Curling up on the sofa with a book and getting lost in the story has been a favourite pastime of mine for as long as I can remember. But, like with many other hobbies, when life gets busy it can be hard to find time. Last year I read around five or six books, which is pitiful. I vowed that this year I would make time for reading, and have decided to participate in the Goodreads 2016 reading challenge.
For my own personal reading challenge, I have pledged to read 52 books in 2016, which is a book a week. This is the first time I’ve taken part in a reading challenge. Given that I only read a handful of books last year, 52 is quite ambitious. But then, it wouldn’t be a challenge if it wasn’t challenging, would it?
Obviously my main goal of the challenge is to read more books, but I’m also hoping the challenge will push me to start reading something other than crime/ thriller novels, which is the only thing I seem to read at the moment. So far in the challenge I’ve read two books, and both of them have been out of the norm from my usual choices, so I guess it’s having the desired effect.
I think the fact that I got a Kindle for Christmas has helped a bit. I’ve wanted one for years, so I was over the moon when my husband bought me one this year. I’ve signed up for Kindle Unlimited, and have found loads of books that I want to read over the next few months. Being able to read in bed without having the lamp on (which used to annoy the hell out of my husband) is fantastic. I’ve been making the most of that luxury, and have read a little bit each night before I go to sleep. Usually I only manage a chapter or two before my eyes get heavy, but every chapter counts towards my end goal.
On top of the reading challenge, I’ve also set myself a bit of a writing challenge too. Usually when I finish a book, I will rate it and then forget about it. As I’m doing my 52 book challenge I thought it would be a good idea to write a detailed review after finishing each book. One of my resolutions this year was to write more, so this helps me with that, and it means at the end of the year I can go back and read all of my reviews and see what I liked and didn’t like.
We are nearly three weeks in to 2016 and 16, and I’m on track at the moment. Hopefully I will continue to stay on track throughout the year!
Are you doing a reading challenge this year? How many books have you pledged to read?