2017 Reading Challenge

June 18, 2017 My goal this year is to read 30 books; according to GoodReads, I’m 5 books behind schedule, but I’m not worried. Yes, the year is almost half over, but I still have the rest of the summer and some school breaks to “rush” through a few novels 🙂 Rick Porrelo’s The Rise and…

2017 Reading Goal

This is a bit late, and for that I do most humbly apologize. Last December, I decided that this year’s reading challenge would be more of a goal: 30 books read in 2017. I decided against a list of criteria that I need to check off (after finding impossibly titled or colored or themed books); instead,…

I failed again, but not really

Last year, I said I would read 40 books; I was 55% successful. And yet, I aced reading new books that challenged my thinking, confirmed some beliefs, tickled my funny bone, and a few made me look over my shoulder to make sure there was no boogeyman monster killer thing. A list of all books read…

Post Mid-Year Reading Goal Freak Out

I’m having a small “Oh, Shit!” moment. It’s October and I’m 16 books behind schedule. Yes, I realize it’s not about the goal, it’s about the exploration into new books. Blah blah blah. Turns out, I’m more competitive than I was previously willing to admit. Sadly, I’m competitive with myself. Seems self-defeating in an ironic, oxymoronic…

2016 Reading Challenge

Completely undaunted from my 2015 reading defeat, I have accepted the honor of a new reading challenge: A book from the library: J. K. Rowling’s Very Good Lives (completed January 2016) The first book you see in a bookstore: Albert Jack’s Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes (completed January 2016) A book that’s under 150…

I failed. Utterly, and completely.

I read only 14 of my promised 50 books. I am a miserable failure. Except for one thing. Without this challenge (below), I would never have read the majority of the books I completed in 2015. I did not succeed in letter of this challenge, but I certainly did in the spirit. I literally stretched myself literarily (I…