I did it! Honestly, when I moved into December needing to read 25 books, I didn’t think it was possible that I would accomplish my 2014 reading goal. But, thanks to a lot of audiobooks and some really late nights of reading, I accomplished my goal.
I read 150 books in 2014.
Accomplishing this goal comes on the tails of having met my goal to read 100 books in 2013. I actually read 108 books that year.
- I still read mostly non-fiction books. I love true crime, and I read a lot of books for work and research. Also, I like non-fiction best on audio, and I relied heavily on audiobooks to reach this goal.
- I read fiction books more quickly. 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 learning take longer to finish than those I read for pleasure. This is because I spend more time highlighting, reading and rereading. I also probably only read these when I can focus.
- I still don’t believe in finishing bad books, but I had to finish several because I’d already bought them or because I was too far in once I realized how much I disliked them. I hated this about the 150 book challenge. I couldn’t just stop reading something because I needed the number.
- Reading 150 books is expensive. I relied heavily on the library for digital and audiobooks to complete this challenge. I prefer physical books, but it just wasn’t possible when reading so much. I don’t know how much I spent to complete this challenge. It’s probably best not to think about it.
- Sometimes I felt like I’d read everything. There were times during the challenge that I struggled to find the next book to read. It was difficult to find something to grab my attention because books began seeming similar.
- Convenience is critical. I read audiobooks and digital books much more quickly because I always had them with me. Convenience is key when it comes to developing an active reading habit.
- I still have a stack. Despite reading all of those books and feeling like I’d read everything, I still have a stack of books waiting to be read. I’m thrilled to dive in.
- Staying current on reviews is impossible. I try to post book reviews on this site, but it’s not possible to stay current with all of the reviews when I’m reading three or four books a week. That’s all I’d ever write. You’d be sick of reading reviews.
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. However, I am not setting a reading challenge for 2015. I’ve hardly read in this new year, I think because I burnt out from so much reading at the end of 2014. Reading is a pleasure for me. I don’t want it to become a chore. After reading 258 books in two years, I have established that I can read a lot, even with my busy schedule.
So, for 2015, I will continue reading for me, but not for a challenge. I also will continue tracking my monthly reading and posting my list and reviews for you. I know you like reading recommendations, so the 2015 Reading List will assist you with those.
Thank you to all of you who supported me in my 2014 reading challenge. Keep those book recommendations coming. I love them!