New Year, New Reading Challenges!

Posted on January 27, 2017 by Regina | 3 Comments

Like many of you, I do not get around to starting my ”New Year” until the end of January. The first few weeks of the month are necessary adjustment days as I recover from the blur that is November and December. In fact, as I am writing this, the 2017 calendar I ordered online still has not arrived in my mailbox. So, I feel perfectly justified in not starting my new year’s plans until February.

With any rigorous intellectual or reading challenge I embark on, I think it is important to find an active yet relaxing way to give my eyes and brain a break at regular intervals. This year, I am going to try Yoga for Book Lovers. A colleague of mine shared this chart, and I could not resist reposting it.

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Although I am going to be insanely busy for the next four months, these are the reading challenges that I am going to attempt:

I have attempted this HF Reading Challenge for the past few years, but have never completed it. Will this year be the year I do? Probably not, but I am going to try anyway!

Take the 2017 Houston Reader Challenge and learn something about this city. Photo: Robert Wuensche Illustration / Houston Chronicle | Fotolia Bookish Illustration / Paulista - Fotolia

The second one I am going to attempt to fit into my tight schedule is the Houston Chronicle’s 2017 Reading Challenge. This one was recommended to me by someone from work, and I was intrigued. I have not delved much into Houston’s local history, so I figured this was a good place to start.

Now, of course, no matter how enthusiastic I am about beginning new challenges and sticking with them, there is always some deviation from the plans I set at the beginning of the year. I have decided that I am perfectly fine with that. I will probably give in to more than a few impulse reads, and I am not just talking about ARCs I receive from publishers. I have a whole shelf of impulse- book-buys at home calling to me, and I am ready to give in. These are just a few of the books beckoning me at home:

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What reading or book related challenges are you investing your time in this year?




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Classical music nerd by day, freelance writer and blogger by night. When I review books, I don't dish out and rehash every character and detail. What's the point of reading a book if you give most of the deets away in a review??? My reviews are more about my impressions and over all experience with the book. I am also a world-renowned armchair psychologist, and love to psychoanalyze authors.

3 responses to “New Year, New Reading Challenges!

  1. Livia

    Good luck, Regina! I want to read more of what I’ve already collected, too. I also have a bip I started last year and am slowing reading in addition to two novels from 2015 that are still on my “currently reading” shelf on GoodReads.

    • Thanks for checking out my post, Livia! I am already feeling pretty proud of myself for steadily making progress on two books I have had on my shelf for a while. It is so satisfying being able to mentally check them off my “been meaning to read these for a while” list, LOL. I am wishing us both the best of luck on our reading and personal goals for this year! 🙂

      Oh, and I figured you meant ‘bio’ since the o and p are so close together on the keyboard. 😉
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