Sometimes it is good to get rid of some compulsions. One such obsessive compulsion I had was to review each and every book I read. This year, I thought I’d stop that, and just read. As it turns out, that helped my reading in 2018 a lot!
I started the year with a target of fifty books to read, at one per week. After I let go of that OCD, I kind of rediscovered my love for reading. Instead of 50, I read more than 125 books (my final Goodreads target). And yes, some were rereads, some were short stories, but still, very happy!
Summing Up Reading in 2018
I discovered some wonderful books this year by authors I hadn’t previously read. RJ Palacio’s Wonder was one I read as an eBook. I loved it so much, I procured a paperback for my shelf and gifted the book to a friend for her birthday too. The End of Your Life Book Club is a book in a genre I’m not too fond of. But that perhaps is my favorite read of the year. And the crime fiction lover found a brilliant murder mystery in Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz! And not to forget the book Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.
I completed Book Challenge by Erin both times in 2018. The four books I mentioned previously were all discovered after I joined this challenge, and through the prompts that were there. 40 of the 125 books were read because of this challenge, so it has played a wonderful part towards my reading goals! I attempted Popsugar Challenge 2018 too, and nearly got there. I end my year at a tally of 34 of the 40 regular challenge prompts. Quite chuffed with that!
Reading Challenges for 2019
Goodreads Reading Challenge
I’m thinking positive, and will keep my target for the year 2019 as 100 books. I think with the other challenges, I’m likely to read more this year. And I’d love it if that was the case! Let’s see.
Book Challenge By Erin (BCBE)
I’m hoping to complete Book Challenge by Erin again. I think that’s very likely to happen, but who knows what the future holds?! Fingers crossed. #BCBE10 is set to happen from January to April, and I’ve a tentative list of ten for the first round of this challenge.
The ten categories for this challenge are quite fun.
- Freebie (Any book over 200 pages): Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie
- Made into a movie: Paper Towns by John Green
- Set in Europe: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- That won the Newbery award: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- Friend’s favorite book: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Book published 100+ years ago: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
- Title has exactly 6 words: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
- Title has cardinal direction: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
- Originally published in another language: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
- Title begins with the alphabet N: (The) Night of Broken Glass by Feroz Rather
Popsugar Reading Challenge (PSRC)
Popsugar Reading Challenge gives 40 regular challenge categories and 10 bonus ones. I’ve a tentative reading list for the challenge, but I’ll not put all that here. Too long, and I’m too lazy. But I’m trying my hand at it, for sure. You can see the printable PDF list of Popsugar prompts here.
Monthly Motif Reading Challenge (MMRC)
Monthly Motif gives monthly prompts and asks the reader to read a book in that month that fulfils their prompt. I attempted this in 2018 too, and succeeded till August.
You can check Monthly Motif details for a list of the prompts for 2019. The prompt for January 2019 is “Read a book by an author new to you”. I’m combining that with the BCBE prompts, so I have four options (Doerr, DeGrasse Tyson, Hamid or Rather). I’ve not decided on books for the other prompts yet. Whatever comes that month, I suppose!
Write Tribe Reading Challenge
This is the first time Write Tribe has given a reading challenge, and for the year 2019, I am jumping in to attempt it. There are three parts to the challenge. Part 1 gives Reading Levels based on the number of books read. Given my Goodreads target, I’m likely to end up with the Book Nerd Level (read 60+ books). Part 2 gives 24 reading prompts of which I’ve chosen books for 20. Part 3 asks to do 1 book review each month and link up with the WT website. That seems doable. So keeping my fingers crossed that I succeed with all parts.
(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
16th December, 2018)