Wednesday, 15 October 2014

52 books challenge completed!


As you may have spotted from looking at the tabs across the top of this blog for the last couple of years I have been attempting to read 52 books in a year.  I decided to set myself this challenge at the start of 2013 because I had gone from loving books and reading several per month (or often several per week) to hardly reading any books.

As soon as I started working on the idea of The Sewing Directory it took over my life, I was working 7 days a week and just had no time for any reading.  I had also had a baby a year before I started the directory so by the time the business was launched I had my hands full!

When I blogged about doing this challenge several people said they wanted to join in.  The first year we did it via Twitter but this year we have a lovely Facebook group which has become an online book club.  The other members have encouraged me out of my comfort zone to try authors I never would have normally.
One of the books I tried thanks to others in the group recommending it.  I loved it, it was very moving.

Last year I didn't quite make it to the 52 books, I managed 44.  This year a good 10 weeks before the end of the year I passed 52 books!  In fact I've managed 54 so far and I'm now aiming for over 60.  I feel so proud to have gotten there, especially as not only did I write my own book this year, but I also moved house which was a pretty big ordeal taking a lot of my time and energy.

I don't quite know how I managed to fit it all in!  I think actually part of the reason I've read a lot more is because I've been run down and ill a lot of the year.  Then when too ill to work I read instead.  I've also travelled a lot, by train, so I've read several Kindle books. So next year it would be nice to just read because I'm taking time off for fun, not because of illness. I should make that my goal for 2015.  52 books read whilst healthy...




5 comments:

Bossymamma said...

Well, Fi, you have really put me to shame! Maybe next year's challenge should be Healthy Whilst Reading 52 Books, to encourage you to find a good work/life balance?

char said...

Well done! I'm doign this challenge too and currently reading my 51st so I think I should make it easier than last year when I was panic-reading the last few right up until NYE!

Irene Donovan said...

It is great being part of the group and I have read many recommendations that I know I wouldn't have chosen. Also has a Kindle for my birthday and I also listen to books borrowed from my local library while I am crafting.

itsamistry said...

Oh well done I'm not even half way through but I've read more this year than I have in the previous few years. I've also enjoyed/enjoying being part of the facebook page as you say there are authors on there I wouldn't have read.

Sewing Directory said...

The Facebook group has worked out really well for encouraging us all to try new authors :)

I would definitely like to be reading the 52 books whilst healthy next year!

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