This year I’ve decided to follow a book reading challenge. As a child I was a bookworm. Since my parents did not allow much television watching, I chose reading books as my escape from the reality of life.
Reading a book, I would fall asleep until someone mentioned I should get my eyes checked. Which I did and yes my sight is not that great; I do need to wear glasses to read. Because I was always on the move, I did not care about collecting books either anymore. Over the years, I had accumulated quite a fair bit of books between recipes books, spirituals books and novels (as I still read from time to time). These days, the only books I have are recipe books.
Then I got my first iPad and that is one of the best things I have ever bought. I now collect ebooks. I have a folder with 100s of them so I am never short for reading something.
I have decided to follow a book reading challenge to get out of my comfort zone and read the types of books I probably would never read otherwise. Also because I just like a good challenge.
2016 Book Reading Challenges
There are quite a few book reading challenge available if you Google it.
One of my friends has opted for the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Challenge. If you are a light reader, this challenge is perfect as it is only one book a month.
2016 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. The first book on the list is a horror book and that was enough to turn me away from this challenge. I can’t watch horror movies and I will skip extremly gory scenes in a crime book. I am lightweight with horror or gory stuff.
Tim Challies Book Reading Challenge is another popular one and caterers for all types of readers:
- The Light Reader. This plan has 13 books which sets a pace of 1 book every 4 weeks.
- The Avid Reader. The Avid plan adds another 13 books which increases the pace to 1 book every 2 weeks.
- The Committed Reader. This plan adds a further 26 books, bringing the total to 52, or 1 book every week.
- The Obsessed Reader. The Obsessed plan doubles the total to 104 books which sets a demanding pace of 2 books every week.
I guess I fall under The Committed Reader as my goal last year was to read 52 books which I did easily.
If I am quite open-minded and can get out of my comfort zone, there are a few books in the Tim Challies’ I will not read (preaching, church, bible… I am just not interested). But because the list is quite long, it gives you choices.
So I am going to follow the PopSugar Reading Book Challenge and if I finish it before the end of 2016, I’ll chose books that fit into the Tim Challies’s challenge. I think that is fair enough.
I just have to figure out which book I am going to read for each type and genre.
Right now I am listening to the 3rd book in the Fallen Series, Passion by Lauren Kate and reading the Fyrelit Tragedy which falls under the “Read a book that’s under 150 pages“. The Fallen series is coming out to the movies this year. So that’s already 2 ticks out of the list :).