Reading Challenge 2013: The Result

You may remember that I decided to set myself the fairly ambitious target of reading 52 books in 2013. In an effort to finish the things I start, or at least report on them, I can tell you that I managed to read 36 books in the year. Considering the international move, and the fact that I discovered some new hobbies during that time,  and any other excuses I can think up, I don’t think that’s a bad result.
I don’t think I’ll set myself a new challenge this year. I have the ability to turn anything I enjoy into a chore, and I don’t want to do that with reading – the thing I do to switch off. It was a fun challenge, and forced me to read some books which had languished on my shelf for years, and turned out to be excellent.
This year is more about reading because I want to. Since my bookshelves can’t support the number of books currently in my possession, I will be making the effort to pass books on to people once I’ve finished with them, so hopefully they can find a new audience to love them as much as me. Want a randomly selected book from my library? Get in touch!

Reading Challenge 2013


I’ve set myself a challenge to read 52 books this year. I can get a bit bogged down with things like this, but I hope it’ll go well. I’ve got 78 books on my bookshelf which I haven’t read, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere fast. Maybe this will provide the kick I need to read them (in under two years).

I’d like to say I’m only going to buy new books once I’ve finished these ones, but it’s unlikely that I’ll manage to stick to that. Instead, I’m only going to buy new books if I’m ahead of schedule with my challenge. Or, you know, stuck in an airport without a book, or something. 

I’ve added all 78 books to Goodreads, and they’re tracking my challenge for me, so all that needs to be done is to sit back and read. 

The question is, which book to read first? When you have 78 to choose from then it can be a little tricky to make a choice. Some of them have been on my shelf so long I’m sick of looking at them. For the moment, I’m going to start with the ones with the highest rating on Goodreads, and then work my way down. Maybe that’s not the best way to do it – some may favour starting with the worst and working up, but what if the bad books put me off my pace? Gah!