Competitive Book Reading

Competitive book reading

The above linked article tells about how reading challenges have changed the way people read. It claims that the challenges add a layer of guilt if you aren’t reading “fast enough” or reading “all of the books available.” I disagree with it. Yes, I get pushed along with my reading when I am working on a challenge, but if I don’t meet the challenge, I don’t feel guilty. I am only competing with myself. I read for enjoyment. I do keep track of my books, but mostly just to see where I am. I will mark my pages on goodreads, and I will mark and review my finished books. For my own knowledge, not to make anyone else feel bad or good.

It is an interesting article, though. It gave me something to think about.

79 of 100 completed

Because of the stress of the shelter in place and the lack of the library, I fell a little behind on my reading. I haven’t actually fallen behind, but my schedule has been thrown out of whack.

In January and February, I was way ahead. I thought I’d meet my annual goal by April. The universe had other plans.

I am still 23 books ahead of my planned goal. I am still not stressing over it. The world won’t end if I don’t meet my goal. I am just not reading as voraciously as I was.

I still have many books planned out for the rest of the year. I hope to actually finish them and get reviews posted. I also hope that the library opens soon, but as time goes by, it looks less and less likely. I will be patient. It will happen.

Annual challenge thoughts

I ended 2019 with a Facebook argument with an 84 year old woman. She said that my annual goal is taking from my enjoyment of reading because I’m competing. Who am I competing with? A personal challenge isn’t a competition.

I knew going in that I wasn’t going to change her mind, because she and I have different ways of filling our reading time. She just goes for it and does her reading. I need the nudge to get started. Turn off the TV. Make it quiet time. Put down the phone.

I did leave it at “to each her own” but I have a feeling that I will be hearing from her again. I won’t let it stop me from my reading and the way that I schedule my down time.

You’re on track

I track my books on Goodreads. When I finish a book, it all automatically counts it toward the year I completed the book.

When I am working on my annual challenge, it’s nice to log in and see “You’re on Track” or “You’re (#) books ahead.” It also tells me when I’m behind, but I try hard to not get there.

Yesterday, on day 1 of the year, the website was down for part of the day. I was happy that it told me that I am on track. Positive reinforcement!

I did make progress on several books, but I can not update them yet. I will get a chance in the next day or two, if the website is fixed by then.

Reading to the dog

I was two books shy of my reading goal for the year. I decided to bring some books up to read to Molly while I kept her company until her mom got home from work.

Molly was not impressed with the book about Misty Copeland. She decided to try to lick the pages. I finished it anyway.

She was more interested in the book about Paul Robeson. I think, though, that she was more interested in showing me her new toy. At least she didn’t lick pages.

There are several programs available to kids who would like to improve their reading. One is reading to dogs. I love the idea of these programs, which is why I tried to read to Molly, figuring I’d take care of two things at once. I would hope that the dogs in the kids programs wouldn’t be as wiggly and excited to see people. The poor kids would be licked to clean and possibly tackled when they sat down.

I did finish my reading goal, despite the “help.” Now I’m thinking of the goal for 2020. I have a week to figure it out.

What Are You Reading Wednesday

This week’s audiobook is by Jeanne Gaffigan. When Life Gives You Pears. I am really enjoying it, and I’ll be finishing it quickly.

This week’s Kindle book is A Royal Christmas Wish. I started it for a bookclub, but I won’t be able to make the bookclub, so I will relax about finishing it by a certain time.

I have a few library books almost finished and I’ll be ready to return them soon.

I still have books to finish to make my goal of 120 books for the year. I need to get my reading time scheduled. And my gym time, but that’s another matter.

7 books to go

I have completed 113 books this year. I have felt pretty on top of it this year, because I never got the “you are # books behind schedule.” I only saw “You’re on track” or “You are # books ahead of schedule.” I am anticipating seeing it over the next week or two as I finish up these last few books, but it’s still possible that I stay on top of the goal, since I have several half finished books, and finals are this week. I will have a few evenings without school to attend. I can crank out those last books. I think I can, I think I can.

Shakespeare in a Year

Shakespeare in a Year

The above linked website talks about how to read the entire works of Shakespeare in a year. It seems like a lofty goal. I might try to do it at some point, but in a year seems difficult.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare is a website that has Shakespeare’s complete works for free. It may be useful if you decide to attempt the Shakespeare 2020 project.

SHAKESPEARE 2020 PROJECT SCHEDULE

[Click here for a PDF of the schedule.]

Twelfth Night: January 2-8 

Henry VI Part 1: January 10-16

Henry VI Part 2: January 18-25

Henry VI Part 3: January 27-February 2

Comedy of Errors: February 4-8

Taming of the Shrew: February 10-15

Titus Andronicus: February 17-22

Romeo and Juliet: February 24-March 2

Richard III: March 4-12

Julius Caesar: March 14-19

Two Gentlemen of Verona: March 21-25

King John: March 27-April 1

Richard II: April 3-9

Venus and Adonis: April 13-17

Hamlet: April 19-28

The Rape of Lucrece: April 30-May 4

Sonnets 1-80: May 6-8

Othello: May 11-18

Sonnets 81-154: May 20-22

Love’s Labour’s Lost: May 26-June 2           

Pericles: June 4-9

Cymbeline: June 11-18

King Lear: June 22-30

A Lover’s Complaint: July 2

The Passionate Pilgrim: July 3

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: July 6-10

The Merchant of Venice: July 12-16

Much Ado About Nothing: July 20-26

As You Like It: July 28-August 3

Macbeth: August 5-10

Troilus and Cressida: August 12-20

Antony and Cleopatra: August 22-29

Coriolanus: August 31-September 10

All’s Well That Ends Well: September 12-19

Measure for Measure: September 21-27

Henry IV Part 1: September 29-October 5

The Merry Wives of Windsor: October 7-13

Henry IV Part 2: October 15-22

Henry V: October 24-31

Henry VIII: November 2-9

Edward III: November 11-17

Timon of Athens: November 19-24

The Winter’s Tale: December 1-7

The Tempest: December 9-14

The Two Noble Kinsmen: December 16-23

The Phoenix and Turtle: December 27

A Funeral Elegy: December 29-30