For my Goodreads 2019 challenge I set myself a goal of 100 books.
I would just like to say it was a challenge! Enjoyable, but there were times when I did wonder what had possessed me to set such a target. I know some of you out there read a lot more, but for me 100 books was a long way out of my reading comfort zone. In addition 2019 proved to be one of the busiest years to date what with me deciding to publish my book and changing my day job, so reading 100 books couldn’t have come at a better time 😂
Here’s what I learned:
Certain things have to give when doing a reading challenge. I have been forced to spend less time on Twitter in order to make time for reading.
There has been less time for romantic pillow talk as I have had books to finish.
The challenge has led to other creative initiatives. Reading 100 books has intensified my love of pretty book covers which in turn has resulted me in doing more on Instagram. Before my 2019 reading challenge I wanted to increase my instagram following but never gave it the focus it needed.
I didn’t have much reading stamina prior to this challenge. This year there has been no time to not finish / shelve books halfway through so I have read every single book.
Even though there have been times when I have struggled to read, there have also been times when reading books has been really beneficial. I have found that anxiety loses its grip on me when I have my head stuck in a book. As my anxiety has been troublesome this year this challenge has proved useful.
This challenge has forced me to consider reading books from my loved one’s TBR pile – gasp!
Book hangovers are tougher to bounce back from with this sort of challenge. A book hangover is where the book you have just read was so good you struggle to reinsert yourself back into daily life and you can’t pick up another book as nothing will ever compare to the one you just read.
I experience a lot of fictional crushes and at one point during this challenge I was a hot and sweaty mess for weeks.
This challenge has made my internal writing critic worse. Reading a lot of good books makes you view your own writing differently.
I have never been more appreciative of good books.
Have you read 100 books in a year and if so how did you find it?
Have a good day!