I have been encouraged by some library friends of mine to take part in the “52 Books in 52 Weeks” challenge. The idea is simple enough – read one book a week, every week of the year. I am going to try my hardest to do this – I read quite a bit but it is, at times, sporadic and not as regular as it should be, given that I LOVE books and have fifty bazillion of my own. Last year, at the annual Save the Children Fund Book Sale in my area, I bought 30 books. In one day. And then went back a day later and bought 25 more. So, y’know, I am not lying when I say I love books and reading. My Mum is also the same, thank goodness, so, if anything, I can blame it on her and her genes.
Anyway, as I was saying, I am taking part in this challenge. I don’t know if I will manage it because sometimes I just don’t get time to sit and read, but then I suppose it is up to me to MAKE time and just do it. I’ve never been one to read before I go to bed but it might be time to start. Maybe not IN bed, as that would probably give my insomnia another reason to make night time a non-sleep time, but just before, snuggled up in the lounge room or something.
I’m already 3/4 way through my first book, “Short Friday” by Isaac Bashevis Singer and hope to finish it tonight. I’m not taking on huge books – I just won’t finish them in time, but I’m also not going to worry too much if I go over the time limit by a day here or there. I don’t want to read books just for the sake of it and I want to make sure I take the story in, instead of skipping over bits just so I can fit them in to my schedule.
So, wish me luck – by the end of the year I might have read 50+ books or only half that, maybe less, but I am going to give it a red hot go and try and learn a little a long the way, try and read some different authors and genres.
Here’s a few links relating to the challenge that may explain it more than I have, or maybe just give you some inspiration and titles to start with.
Let me know if you too are taking on the challenge – I’d be interested to know any good titles you recommend 🙂