Did You Outdo Yourself In 2018?
I pledged to read 150 books this year, but for a change have fallen seriously short of my goal. I’m only up to to 74 so far and can read only about 2-3 books more before the year is over.
But I’m not beating myself up over this. It’s been another crazy year for me. So much loss and change. So many new feelings and emotions. There were many days I was just exhausted and fell fast asleep. No time, no energy to read.
I will soon be sharing with you about my best read in 2018 and how that has effected me.
For now I’m going to talk about reading and urge you to join me and other book lovers for the 2019 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge and another Reading Challenge we’re going to host on Write Tribe. (Both coming soon).
Some book related conversations
We’ve had some interesting book related conversations on the Write Tribe group recently. And I decided to share my own views here.
Kindle or Hard Copies?
Just today, my friend, Ishieta Chopra, asked a good question about reading on a Kindle versus reading a hard copy – she wanted to know which one made for faster reading. In her own experience, she read a paperback faster than on a Kindle.
For me, it’s been quite a different experience. In 2007-08, I hardly did any reading. It was only when I realized that I had cataracts in both eyes, my going off books made sense. After my surgeries, I got a Kindle and my reading speed has improved a lot. So much so, I found it hard to read ‘real’ books.
Now I realize that I love reading fiction on my Kindle but prefer to read hard copies of non-fiction books. Recently, I’ve started again to buy myself at least 2-3 hard copies of non-fiction books. This helps me to study and make notes.
How would you answer Ishieta’s question?
Do book challenges put pressure on us?
In another recent conversation, I remember someone asking if book challenges made sense. Didn’t committing to read a certain number of books for a challenge put pressure on you to read for the sake of reading? My answer to that would be that no book lover ever feels pressure to read. If challenge myself (and others) to read books simply because I love reading. I don’t feel compelled to finish my target. I often abandon books, I don’t like.
Book Challenges help me to interact more with reading communities. They also help me to get to know about new books and select books I want to read.
How do you keep track of the book you read?
My friend, Vinay (aka Leo) answered this in the same way I would have. We both use Goodreads to track our books. I love how you can put your books into different ‘shelves’ and keep track of progress within a book and also vis-a-vis your Challenge target.
More book related posts coming up soon. But I’d love to hear your book stories from 2018. Do share.
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