I haven’t been good at giving updates on my Reading Challenge this year. So one of the goals will be to be better at it. Also, I haven’t written a review yet, I had planned on writing reviews regularly. So another thing I need to start doing.
My other goals are doing better, slightly. For the 100 books challenge I doing okay, I’m either one book behind, on target, or one book ahead. In previous years I would have been several books ahead of schedule. It’s mostly due to me discovering a podcast I really liked (My Favorite Murder) and wanting to listen to all the episodes before the live show they’re doing in Amsterdam next week. I liked to listen at night, which is when I would normally read. I’m now caught up, so I’m back to reading before going to sleep. Also, in early April I got acute bronchitis and I didn’t read much for almost two weeks, that didn’t help.
To get back into reading and get caught up with the 100 books challenge I read shorter books the last couple of weeks. In the first three months of the year I was about on target with average page count. But last month I fell behind, due to the two week hiatus and shorter books. In previous years I went away for a couple of days to a week in May and got a lot of reading done. Although I am going away for a couple of days at the end of the month I don’t think I’ll be able to get extra reading time. We’re going to a theme park for three days and two nights, so the days are spend in the park (I might get some reading done waiting in line) and at night I expect to be too tired to be able to focus on reading.
I am doing well with my active series and I’m well on the way to finish the goals I’ve set myself. I’m mostly using my randomizer app to choose my next read.
To make matters slightly more difficult I’ve added an extra challenge, retroactively from the start of the year. It’s the ABC challenge, for each letter of the alphabet I need to read a book that starts with that letter. I’ll give myself a pass for the letter X, it’s hard to find anything I’m interested in starting with and X (unless I’m willing to read erotica, there are a bunch of them with titles starting with names as Xavier and Xander). For the X I have to read a book where any word starts with an X. I’ve only ten letters left to finish, for all I’ve got titles penciled in of books I was planning to (re)read anyway or books I’ve got on my To Be Read list that I can read. I think I might do this challenge again next year.
In short, I’m doing okay. I hope to be able to catch up on the pages read, but if not it’s not a big deal. I will need to put some effort into writing reviews. For that I need to remember to take notes when reading a book. I haven’t done that since university, and I find it hard to get into the habit again.