Some read, some unread
I’m a person that likes to be challenged. Not in a fight or any physical altercation, but more to expand my mind and keep myself doing creative tasks.
In my reading of the blogs on my feed reader, I came across a post by Nilsa, updating her readers on the progress of her lifestyle challenges. Towards the end of that post, she mentioned that she was going to be reading at least one magazine article or one chapter a day from a book. She also asked her readers to join her in a 30-day challenge of their own.
So I left a comment telling her that I would join her. Not even five minutes after leaving my comment, I got an email from her asking me what my challenge was going to be.
Thinking about this, I decided that I too needed to read more. I have a stack of books that I’ve bought that have either barely been started or haven’t even had the cover cracked on. My 30-day challenge is to complete a book – not just a chapter a day, but read an entire book [preferably something with 30 chapters or less]. And not only will I read a book, I’m going to do a book report [blog post style] on it at the end of the 30 days. It’s been years since I’ve had to do a book report, so this should be a challenge on top of a challenge.
But Wait, There’s More….
Ok, so reading a book is a challenge to me [time wise, smart asses]. Some of you read books all the time. My wife can read one in a single weekend. I can hear some of you saying, “Hey… what about another challenge..” Ok. I’ll do another challenge. But it’s going to require a separate blog post. Early next week, watch for a post detailing my other challenge.
For now, it’s time to pick a book and get ready for some literary enjoyment.
Slam should be an easier one to read in one month, it’s a young adult book. I liked it though
Marty, I have got a great book for your challenge. “The Bookseller of Kabul” it’s fairly short, and while the reading is easy the content is not. The jist of the story is a female war reporter was covering the war in Afghanistan for the western press, on her frequent trips through Kabul she befriends the owner of a book shop and she gets the idea that she would like to document the daily life of his family. He agrees, she moves in with them and assumes the role of a female in his home (though more of an observer than a the true role as a worker). She gets all the skinny and rumors from the other lades when he is not around… It’s really an interesting look into a completely different culture and very eye opening at the same time…
amanda – I’m a fan of Nick Hornby’s work. Didn’t realize “Slam” was young adult themed.
breakaway9 – I have heard of that book, but didn’t know of the story until now. I’ll have to get that one and read it. A very interesting story that sounds like something I would like.
I’m going to enjoy your book report. I love reading. Some days, it’s all that keeps me sane! (Well, relatively sane, that is!)
So many books to choose from…you’ll soon be addicted! I’m tempted to possess my own challenge….refrain from coffee for a month….refrain from chocolate…..um…maybe not 🙂 I would surely die.
Enjoy reading 🙂
sybil law – I love reading, it’s just I don’t make much time for it. Which I hope to break with this 30 day challenge. I also hope to remain sane during this 30 days, too.
monica – I could never refrain from coffee for a month. Chocolate is easy. I’ve gone more than 2 months without chocolate.
I need to start reading again. I used to read regularly, but it’s become a challenge for me to finish a book in this last year and a half. I don’t even go to bookstores the way I used to because the last thing I need is a pile of books I never read. I should, but I want to enjoy it and not force myself. Know what I mean?
kapgar – I know exactly what you mean. The bookstore is a place I’d like to get back to spending more regular time at. To do that, I need to make some room on my stack.
Your post might just be the kind in the arse I need to get reading again. I don’t know what happened really. I used to be a compulsive reader a couple of years back. Now that I think about it, The God Delusion might actually be the last book I read.
kevin – Nice to hear. I love reading and am trying to work it back into my routine. I’m half way through The God Delusion for the second time. I started it again some 4 months ago.
Ooooh, a whole book in a month? You might be my hero! I love reading books but just don’t have the time. Or when I do have the time, I don’t have the energy. Or when I do have the time and energy, I don’t have the focus. Or or or … well, you know how it goes. =)
nilsa – Yes, I know exactly how it goes (and almost that same routine)
I love that you are doing this. When I read her post I thought I should do the same thing. All I seem to read lately is blogs! I have a stack of books my MiL has loaned me.
kilax – I miss reading books and this is a challenge that I needed.