I’m giving myself a new reading challenge, which I prefer to think of as a commitment rather than a challenge. After all, the word challenge is fraught with implication. Of course, so is commitment, but I digress.
In previous years, I’ve done a reading challenge where I would read 15 books in a year, books culled from my impossibly large collection of books. The idea was to read it or get rid of it. And it worked, to a point. It pretty much stalled out when I was studying for the CPC exam. I realized I needed to be more aggressive in trying to read my books. Which is why last year I had a new goal—I would read only books from my personal library. I even created a Pinterest board for all of the books I could and should read in 2013.
That didn’t work very well either. For one thing, I was still studying for the CPC exam and most of my reading time was consumed with reviewing anatomy, medical terminology, etc. It was a lot of exhausting reading. For another, I was given new books to read. The temptation of new and/or borrowed books was simply too much. And I didn’t even read as many books as I normally do because of all the studying I was doing. *sigh*
Anyway, I’m trying it again this year but with a twist. My Reading Commitment for 2014 will go like this:
- Read one new book a week, preferably one in my collection right now.
- Read one book a month above and beyond the weekly book.
- Get rid of two books, whether read or unread, if I do not do 1 & 2 at the end of each month.
Now here’s the cool part (or I think it’s cool, anyway).
I am going to give away books, sometimes to people I know but sometimes right here on this blog. You’ll want to keep an eye out for the reviews of books I’ve read to know what/if a book is going to become available. I am very careful when reading my books so most will show little to no sign of being read. However, if I receive a book in poor condition, I can vouch for how it will be when I am done with it. I’ll do my best to be careful as I'm reading but I'll be honest about the book's condition when I offer it up.
And you can read some of the books along with me. I’ve added a new page (see the tab above) and have already shared links to each of the monthly books I’ll be reading. I’m going to try to mix it up a bit, choosing books of different types as much as possible. Because these books will be a part of my existing collection, I’m not sure it will reflect the full spectrum of my reading choices and/or tastes but it won’t be the same type of book month after month.
Anyway, that’s my Reading Commitment for 2014. If I do the bare minimum, I’ll have read 64 books (52 weekly books and 12 monthly books). If not, if I fail, I’ll have at least rid my shelves and my life of 24 books. I have a feeling I’ll do better than only 24. Then again, I thought I’d read more than I did in 2013 so you never know.
Will you be doing any reading challenges this year?