Reading Challenge 2023
Reading challenge is not really something I shine at. I have mostly not been able to make it till the end. Things come up, days and even months go about without me able to finish a book and this despite the fact that I read every single night.
But then I am not someone who gives up easily. From my past there are some inferences I have made.
- I get over ambitious with the number. I think it makes more sense to choose a number I have more chances of finishing and then see if I can exceed that. So this year I only aim at reading one book a month so that makes it a total of 12 books in the year.
- I have off late learnt that reading in bed is not the best way to read… Three reasons one I am dead tired by the time I hit the bed and so obviously I fall asleep in no time; two my comprehension rate is very poor so even though I am reading, it many a times fails to make sense to me. Three if I am reading a fiction it ends up disturbing my sleep in many ways.
So this year I decided on just 12 books… one book a month. And I decided I must read sometime in the day on my desk. Also I am now taking this on three ways… a hard copy, on my kindle and audible while I go for a walk or workout. Audible is something I started lately. Will talk about it in another post soon.
Now do not get me wrong, these numbers, or being a part of a challenge is not to prove anything – to myself or to someone else. The sole aim is to keep myself accountable through the year and have something to look back end of year. I love reading and I know every time I finish a book there is so much added to me… so why should I not read and if taking it as it comes is not helping, I guess I need a plan.
So here I am with my planned TBR for the reading challenge 2023.
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
- Steal like an artist by Austin Kleon
- Man’s search for meaning by Viktor E Frankl – Completed. Read the review here
- The four agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- Karma: A Yogi’s Guide to crafting your own destiny by Sadhguru.
- Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
- Sita: A Tale of Ancient Love from Indian mythology & Hindu folklore and legends by Bhanumathi Narasimhan
- Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn
- Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes
- Lolita by Valdimir Nabokov
- I Know why the caged bird Sings by Maya Angleou
- The mother I never knew by Sudha Murthy
Do check these out and also do share if you too are participating in a reading challenge and even if you are not what is on your reading list, in case you have planned on one.
I’m participating in the #TBRChallenge by Blogchatter. You may too participate in the same by clicking here.
Updating to add books that I read additionally, sometimes moving away from my list and sometimes as part of review copies received.
- The Naani Diaries by Riva Razdan. Do read the review here.