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.
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.
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
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
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.
I started my annual reading challenge because of the Popsugar Challenge a few years ago. Most of the challenges over the years were more difficult. This one doesn’t seem awful. I may give it a shot. I might also get bored before I finish all the books on the list. Only time will tell.