Saturday, January 3, 2015

Reading Challenge - Introductions

Reading has always been my main form of entertainment. I’d much rather pick up a book and escape into a world woven together with words and imagination than passively watch a tv show or movie. Don’t get me wrong, I love tv and movies too, but active entertainment they are not. I can’t get swept up into a tv world like I can a book world. So I was rather disappointed with myself when over the last year, Netflix became my go-to entertainment. But last year I needed to be passive. I hadn’t the energy to do much and getting emotionally involved in a book? Well, that was way too much commitment on my part.

As I’ve said, reading was something that I pushed to the side in 2014. Not this year. 2015 is the year of Doing Stuff! And stuff has got to be read!

One of the blogs I follow posted this 2015 Reading Challenge from PopSugar. And I dig it. It is vague enough that I can customize it to fit my favorite genres and subjects but detailed enough that finding books to fit it will require thought and effort.

I need to make an effort right now.

Throw in my BFF and I’ve got a ready made book club reading challenge. Hey, Sara, shall we post reviews on our respective blogs? I’ve noticed a lack of blogging on your part lately too. Granted you’ve been busy with Baby, so I completely get it. No worries or pressure.

Even if Sara does not, I’ll post my reviews of what we read. Which should be interesting since the majority of my reviews of things tend to be: “I liked it.” “I hated it.” Or the ever popular, “Meh.” I’ll try to be a bit more descriptive than that. Sara picked the first book: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn which covers the Mystery/Thriller book. Given that I don’t tend to read reviews often, my only real knowledge of Gone Girl is: 1. It’s quite popular, 2. They made a movie, 3. A wife disappeared.

I started reading Gone Girl on the 1st and I was pretty much hooked from the first couple of pages. So it looks very promising.


  1. Great to see you getting in the 2015 groove of Doing Things.
    I like your reading challenge. I'm a HUGE reader - last year I read over 80 books - my Kindle was smoking… hahahah

    That said, it's probably because of my renovations which meant disconnecting my TV hook up while stuff was being done. Though I could have hooked it back up, I didn't - and found myself eager to turn a page (or swipe a page).

    I've had great adventures because of it, which in turn was what prompted me to give myself the goal of doing a little free writing. Goals are good…

    I'm looking forward to your review on Gone Girl - I read it… but won't share my views until after you've finished it… it'll be fun to see what you think.

    Enjoy your readings, may there be many great books in your hands this year!

    Smiles coming your way, Jenny. :) :)

    1. I'm really motivated, especially with the reading bit. I've got a Kindle now and it must be filled with books!!! We haven't had cable in three years now and love it. We do have a tv and netflix though so it balances out.

      Also, finished Gone Girl and my review is in the works.

  2. I'm doing the same challenge as you and I'm really enjoying how it's pushing me already. I've been reading Jane Austen's Emma as my first book and normally I'd probably go through it quite slowly, given its length, but because I know I'll be reading Pride and Prejudice next week I'm determined to get through it quickly. And I'm enjoying it as well!

    Good luck with your challenge and I look forward to seeing your reviews. :-)

    1. I have such problems reading Austin. I try and try and get a few pages in and give up! Maybe I'll utilize one of her books for the challenge!

  3. Hmmm.....I must look into this reading challenge you speak of.

    I think I'm going to track the books I read this year.

    1. I think with my intention of writing reviews for each book on the challenge, I'll have a built in tracker. But I also use Shalfari - Amazon's answer to Goodreads - to track my books.