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.