It’s been a while since I posted about my 2012 reading challenge. Since the year is almost a third over (crazy, I know!), I thought it would be a good time to blog about my progress.
As you may recall, this is the second year I have set a reading challenge for myself. Last year, it was my goal to read 24 books (two books per month). I didn’t hit my target, but I read 19 awesome books (you can read about them here).
I have a bad habit of buying books and letting them sit on my shelves without reading them, so this year I decided to choose 12 books I already owned and make it my challenge to read all of them. They include a variety of novels – some I have owned for 10 years, some that have been recommended to me, classics I have been dying to read my whole life, and a couple novels I am halfway through, but have yet to finish.
We are four months into the year, and so far this challenge is going really well. I have read five of the books (seven to go).
Goal for 2012: Read every book on this list (12 books):
- The Birth House – Ami McKay
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
- Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
- A Spot of Bother – Mark Haddon
- The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough
- The Shack – Paul Young
- The Postmistress – Sarah Blake
- For One More Day – Mitch Albom
- The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
- The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
- The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
- One Day – David Nicholls
I think this is pretty good progress considering there are eight months left in the year. Technically, I am ahead of schedule. I typically read one book from this list and my book club book each month, so two books per month. For an update on what books we’ve been reading in Julia’s “Unputdownable” Book Club, check out this page, which I update regularly.
Now for a fun and exciting idea – recently, I posted about how I am considering some changes to my blog and how I’d like to eventually be posting about all things domestic – gardening, home improvement and other hobbies like reading (in addition to food/cooking).
It dawned on me that I should probably be doing book reviews on my blog. I talk about what I’ve read with my friends, my boss, my family and My Other Half, so why not share with the blog too? But before I start reviewing, I wanted to get my readers’ feedback first – would you be interested in reading my reviews of books, so long as I don’t spoil them?
Comment below and let me know!