52 books in 52 weeks
The start of this year I decided that work was taking over way too much of my life and I had stopped doing the things I loved, like reading because I was working so much. The first 2-3 years of my business I think I read about 5-10 books a year, I used to read that in a month.
So I decided to set myself the challenge of reading 52 books in the year, equivalent to one per week. I logged my progress on this blog here. After a bit of a false start with a book I just couldn't get into I kept up a fairly steady pace for most the first half of the year. However once I started writing my book in July I suddenly found myself reading a lot less and just missed out on hitting my target.
I managed 44 books in the end, and I suspect I may read the 45th by the end of the year as I got some brilliant books for Christmas. The challenge still hit it's target in a way because I did enjoy several guilt free afternoons reading books instead of working. In fact some weeks I read 3 books a week, but then others I didn't read any at all.
I get so easily sucked into books and can't put them down that I know not to start a book when I have a very busy week ahead. Or I'll end up exhausted from staying up half the night reading and not be able to manage much work. So I did have to exercise self restraint a few times and just not start a book.
After I announced my challenge last year several other people asked if they could join in so we set up a Twitter list and all used the hash tag #52books to keep each other up to date with our progress. I'm just waiting to hear back as to how everyone did but I think most people found similar to me. They didn't quite hit 52 but did end up reading more as a result of the challenge.
I've decided that I got so close this year, and by the start of Feb I should have finished writing my book so may have more reading time again so I'm going to try the challenge again in 2014.
Who fancies trying it with me?
I've decided to set up a Facebook group so we have more space to talk about how we're getting on and what we're reading. Join in here.