My goal to read 100 books in 2013 is in the books (pun intended)!
I entered this month needing to read four more books to accomplish my goal.
I noted some interesting trends in reviewing my reading list from this year, including:
- I read non-fiction books most. I think this is because I love true crime, and I discovered Ann Rule during the challenge.
- Audiobooks helped me reach my goal and are another reason for the larger non-fiction list. I like listening to non-fiction best. My husband doesn’t think audiobooks count, but that’s another post.
- I read fiction books more quickly than non-fiction. I get so entranced by the storyline that I can’t put them down. Unfortunately, since I do most of this type of reading before I go to sleep, this means a lot of late nights fighting to stay awake so I can read what happens next.
- Some books took longer to read, but not because of length. Books that I read for class (Blog, Inc., for example) or research (Secondary Traumatic Stress, for example) took longer to finish. I’m sure this is because I spent more time highlighting, reading and rereading. I also probably only read these during times when I was able to focus completely (aka: when it was quiet).
- I still don’t believe in finishing bad books, but I kept reading several books that I probably wouldn’t have without the challenge (Big Brother, for example). I felt too invested in the books by the time I realized I hated them, and I didn’t want to waste the time I’d already spent toward my goal. This, honestly, was the one negative aspect of the reading challenge.
- I still love to read and believe in the importance of daily reading. I’m absolutely going to continue being intentional about make time for all types of reading.
One thing I see as negative that’s a result of the reading challenge in that I don’t spend as much time reading blogs as I used to. Books provide deeper, richer information, but I enjoy reading blogs too. I’m not exactly sure how to find the balance when there are only so many hours in the day.
Regardless of reaching my goal, I have decided to continue reading at my current pace until Jan. 1. I’m curious to see how many book I realistically can read in a year. I hope this will help me set a slightly more challenging goal for next calendar year. Am I crazy for wanting to do this again?
I’m curious about your view of the reading challenge. Ultimately, I know it’s my decision about whether to create a challenge for next year, but I’d like your opinions.