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.

How to Read More

How to Read More

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.

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.

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

Thirty-Life Crisis, by Lisa Schwartz


Thirty-Life Crisis: Surviving My Thirties, One Drunk Baby Shower at a Time
 by Lisa Schwartz

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I picked this up because it was available from the library. None of my audiobook holds had come through, but this one was short and a comedy, so I figured I could get through it quickly.

It annoyed me. The author seemed to whine through the whole thing. She’s going through a lot of things that others go through, but she makes it seem like she’s the only one. I got tired of it, but I wanted to plow through it so I could count it as a completed book for the year.

I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

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Thirty-Life Crisis: Surviving My Thirties, One Drunk Baby Shower at a Time

To Read List 2020

I found this to track what I want to read in 2020. There are 36 books per page. I may start this, in addition to Goodreads, to track next year.

I am still thinking of what my 2020 goal will be. I hit my 2019 goal of 75 very easily, and it looks like I’ll hit my adjusted goal of 120 with time to spare. I still have a few weeks to decide, but I may fill this out with books I really want to get to. Or, I can fill in bookclub requirements on another sheet. I know I’ll read more than 36, so I will have multiple pages.

1 book ahead of schedule

I started out with a bang with my annual reading challenge. I spent most of the year being many, many books ahead, but I just haven’t been reading as quickly this Fall.

I adjusted my reading goal twice. I started out with 75 books as my goal, but with the children’s books I easily met that goal. So, I adjusted it to 100. Again, I met that easily. I finally settled on 120, taking the children’s books into consideration, and adding a couple of extra adult books to add the 40 ish children’s books to the original 75, plus a couple.

Yesterday, I finished book 105/120. I should be finishing book 106 today. I have several other books that are mostly finished, but a few have to be read in order, because of bookclub deadlines. I have about 6 weeks to go to finish 14 books. I am positive I can do it.