My name is Riki, and I am an addict. Yes, I am a hard-core junkie. What’s my poison, you ask?
I will read anything in print in any format; magazines are favorite, print books are always nice, and e-books on any device that will reveal the lovely words always give me a thrill. I recently packed up my house to move and was not at all shocked that 50% of the boxes were of my beloved books. (My father, who did most of the moving, however, was not so thrilled with the number of heavy book boxes).
From the day I picked up my first book with actual chapters, (the Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnet) I was hooked. Then my third grade teacher Ms. G turned me on to Judy Blume and I have not put a book down since. In my current reading life I am captivated by biographies, self-help books of every kind, romance, trashy paranormal fantasy, and of course mainstream fiction. Being an English Literature major in school, I do get the chance to read all of the classics as well. When it comes to books, I don’t discriminate. I believe that once you start a book, you should never leave it unfinished, even if it is pure torture to read.
Since it is still January and I’m in the goal mood, I decided to join a little book reading challenge. There are a ton of them out there. Here are three that caught my eye for 2012:
The Romance and Me Reading Challenge 2012
Book Chick City’s 100 Books In A Year Challenge 2012
Those Books I Should Have Read Challenge 2012
These wonderful challenges got me to thinking…how many books could I realistically read “for fun” in a year? I read a fair amount for school already, so I need to be very honest with my time commitment. I spent the first couple of weeks in January gauging my time and when I would squeeze in pleasure reading. To my great surprise I found little pockets of otherwise wasted time that I could fill with reading. Since January 1st I have managed to read three full books already. The challenge that I had my eye on was Book City’s 100 Books in a Year, but could I read eight books a month on top of my coursework? I decided that goal was a bit too lofty for me at this time and set out on a search for something more doable. What did I ultimately decide on?
Goodreads 2012 Book Challenge
In this challenge you set your own goal and can set the rules yourself. Here are the rules I set out for myself for my very own 2012 Reading Challenge:
- I will read 52 books between January 1-December 31, 2012.
- I may use assigned school texts as long as they are not a “traditional” textbook. (I am taking two classes in which novels or non-fiction books are required. If I read them cover-to-cover, I will count them).
- I may choose any genre I like.
- I will keep an updated list going on my blog.
- I will enjoy every moment of my reading.
I’m interested in hearing from you and finding out if anyone has joined an official reading challenge for 2012. How many books do you typically read in a year? I’m also looking for recommendations for books to read. Is there a book you just were not able to put down that you think I might like to add to the challenge?
In my next post I will make a list of books that I am planning on reading during the year as well as the three that I have completed so far.