Challenged Reading

Last year as part of the GoodReads Reading Challenge, I read 26 books and listened to 14 audio books. It was the only resolution I kept for the year. I really impressed myself with those totals, so I decided to have the same resolution for 2014, with the goal of matching those totals again this year. I already finished that goal – just in time for the Jewish New Year. How fitting! To date I have read 26 books and listened to 22 audio books. Here are the books I’ve read/listened to so far this year.

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You can access my challenge to get pictures big enough to read, descriptions of the books, find out my ratings of them, and see if they are your cup of tea.

Some of these have been deep (The Universe in a NetShell – excellent book), while others were brain candy (The Longest Ride – I was completely unimpressed). Among the titles I have my first ever pre-release book for review, Dancing Through It. It was in need of more editing. I hope it has a thorough restructuring before its release. Maybe it was my honestly that has led me not win any more pre-releases!

Since I finished my challenge, now what? Anyone whose read this blog for any length of time knows the answer – read more!

Having the pressure off is giving me the flexibility to attempt some longer works, plus I plan to give myself the treat of inserting the Little House books periodically. I’m not sure if they should count, but since I’m the one who decides, I’m counting them. I always leave them feeling both grateful for the choices I have and nostalgic for that simpler era.

As we approach the High Holy Days where I make my resolutions for the new year, I’m so grateful for this reading challenge reminder. Because of it, I am actively ensuring that what I say is a priority is followed up by my actions.

I am a reader.

So what have been your favorite books so far this year? or What are you doing to make sure you are living your priorities?

2 thoughts on “Challenged Reading”

  1. I’ve done a reading challenge this year too. Although mine was done on the spur of the moment. I’m reading through all of John Steinbeck’s works. I’m just starting to get to the mid point with Of Mice and Men. It’s been really great and I’ve been introduced to a lot of great books that you don’t hear much about.


    1. I like the idea of doing the complete works of an author. I’ve only read two of Steinbeck’s works, both while I was in high school. I’m sure I’d get a very different perspective from them now.


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