It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet.
You can drop the A’s and The’s from the book titles as shown below.
The First Main Word Needs To Be The Letter You Are Counting
Except For that pesky Q, X, AND Z titles then the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.
How I plan to do it: Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.
If you post your books on Social Media please use this hashtag #AlphabetSoupChallenge
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There are only 9 more weeks of this year. That means that I have to schedule my last 16 books into these 9 weeks. I have several books left to read for school, so that will take care of a lot of them. Plus I have several upcoming bookclub meetings to help me at least get through the majority of the book for that meeting. As always, I have several books mostly started, and I just have to sit down and do them.
As you can tell, I am currently procrastinating by writing this. It is currently Saturday morning. I have a quiz and a presentation to do by Monday for class #1. Class #2 has a paper, a spreadsheet, and two reading assignments to complete by Tuesday. Class #3 has a 5 page paper and a writing assignment to do by Tuesday. Class #4 has a reading assignment and research to do for a paper due soon. The reading assignment is due Monday. Class #5 has a research project proposal due by Wednesday and 2 reading assignments due for Tuesday.
I have bookclub tomorrow and I have finished the book. So, just schoolwork is imminent. And laundry. And dishes. And preblogging posts for the next couple of weeks. And other stuff that is on the todo list, like car cleanout and changing the windshield wipers. I’ll find a way to procrastinate while still making progress. I always do.
I finished quite a few books when I was poolside for a while. I also did a lot of reviews that were pending. I have scheduled most of those that haven’t been posted yet. Take this as fair warning that they are all going to pop up suddenly. I am still single digits behind, but I hope to be ahead soon, since school starts up at the end of August. It’s going to be here soon!
I’m still reading, but just not finishing much. It’s frustrating because I know I can keep up with the challenge, but my brain is fixed on deadlines. I start a book, get most of the way finished before the deadline of a school assignment or bookclub. The deadline passes, so I put the book down and move on to the next. At least I’m only single digits behind!
I have so many books almost completed and put away that I could almost finish the challenge if I actually did it.
I’m going to be poolside for a few days, so maybe I’ll bring them along and get them done. Fingers crossed!
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.
The above linked article talks about benefits of reading for at least 20 minutes a day. There are some good points in there. Some benefits I can think of are stress relief and being a role model for children. Decompressing after a long day, and settling in before bed are a couple of others.
Those of you with a Goodreads account can take a look at my Year in Books for 2019 by looking at the above linked website, I think. I ended up reading 123 books. My initial goal was 75, then 100 and finally 120.
2020 has a goal of 100 books. I’ll be tracking it on Goodreads again.
Austin Kleon, in the above linked article, talks about how to read more. I am always looking for times to read. Luckily for me, I have insomnia, so I get a lot of reading time between 2am and 4am. Here are a few tips from the author:
I do most of these, but I tend to finish a book once I am into it. If it’s for bookclub, then I will finish it, love it or hate it. I don’t actually schedule my reading time, it just kind of happens.
I would add one thing to this list: Turn off your TV! I record the shows I want to watch and then watch them at a future time, so that I am not just glued to the screen, watching nonsense I don’t want to watch. I only watch the nonsense I want to see.