Last year I took part in Read Your Own Damn Books – a “you do you” challenge hosted by Andi of Estella’s Revenge with the idea of reading more of the books you already owned.
It’s fair to say I didn’t do very well with it. My reading dropped off drastically last year compared to previous ones and I pretty much forgot about the challenge in the later months. I think I ended the year at least 40 books behind what I’d normally read – which is fine, I made the decision not to push myself to read when I wasn’t feeling it and it was the right one. And looking back through my goodreads list of what I read last year I did read several books I already owned (prior to the start of the year) but most of them were rereads.
However this year I would like to read more and make it a priority. I’d also like to dive into those books I’ve had waiting for a long time. A friend wrote on her blog recently that (I’m probably paraphrasing) if you enjoyed buying something and it wasn’t a lot of money it’s served it’s purpose before you read it. And my Mum often tells me if having a book (or a DVD I guess) makes me happy that’s what matters. But I do want to read some of the damn things.
I have two bookcases in my lounge (next to each other), one in the hall opposite my powerchair and one in the bedroom at the end of my bed. On each of those there is a book that always catches my eye when I look at the bookcase.
I will consider my Read My Own Damn Books challenge successful this year if I read those 4 books – two of which I’ve had since a blogger event in 2012, one I got in 2015 and the last I can’t remember when I got it but I’ve had it years.
To try to kickstart my reading this year I read an entire book yesterday – Secrets at the Little Village School by Gervase Phinn – which was excellent (and if memory serves I’ve read each of the books in the series in a day).
And I’m going to take part in Bout of Books this week. It’s a readathon that I’ve tried several times and never got on with (I think shorter ones work better for me) but there’s a first time for everything!
If you’ve not heard of Bout of Books here’s how they describe it:
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
My goals are simple: start an audiobook to listen to whilst working on my crocheted blanket (I have some unheard and some unused credits so not sure which), read the book I got on New Years Eve (Belgravia by Julian Fellowes) and start one of those 4 books I mentioned about.