In 2016 I joined in with the Goodreads Rading challenge. I challenged myself to read 52 books over the year, amounting to one book a week. Did I do it? No, I managed a measly ten. I’m taking part in the 2017 reading challenge this year, and you may think that I’d adjust my goals accordingly, but I’m not. Again, I’ve challenged myself to read 52 books.
Ten books in one year is quite pitiful isn’t it? That’s not even a book a month. In fairness, I have a bit of an excuse. 2016 wasn’t my best year. I spent most of it feeling terribly anxious and probably even depressed, but didn’t seek help until the latter part of the year. My anxiety left me unable to concentrate on anything for longer than a few minutes, and reading just became a bit of a chore. Imagine reading a page, coming to the bottom and realising you can’t remember a word you’ve just read, and that’s what it was like for me.
After seeking help, I was placed on to a medication which helped with the anxiety, but one of the side effects for me was poor focus, so again reading was difficult. It’s only now that I’ve started a different medication that I’m regaining my concentration skills and enjoying reading again. The negative is this medication is making me gain weight at a rapid pace. But hey you can’t win them all, right?
I’m putting last year aside and pretending it didn’t happen. 2017 is a new year, and I’m ready to take on the challenge again. I toyed with the idea of 21 books, but decided to go big and see how I get on.
At the moment I’m mostly reading on my kindle. I have all of the Harry Potter books on there, which I’m reading through again. When I’m finished those I’ve got some Sherlock Holmes books I want to read. After that, I’m easy. If you have any book recommendations, let me know in the comments so I can add them to my reading list.
This year I hope to buy a bookshelf for the living room, and my aim is to start buying books. I’m going to scour car boot sales and second hand shops for some good books, and might even treat myself once a month to something from a bookshop. This year I’d like to maybe try some things I wouldn’t usually read. Romance novels, self help books, educational books. Anything goes really. I want to broaden my reading and broaden my mind.
Just as last year, I will be charting my progress over on Goodreads. You can follow my progress by clicking here. I will be blogging about my reading journey too, so be sure to check back to the blog for regular updates.
Are you doing a reading challenge this year? How many books would you like to read?