Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Reading Update for 2013 [UBC Post 19]

I took up a Challenge of reading 48 books this year in GoodReads Reading Challenge. I love this little widget which tracks my progress and tells me if I am on track or I need to hurry up. 

I have always been into reading but in the humdrum of life, we lose focus, get disoriented. Yes, reading is serious business for me. I don't just like reading books, I also love reading about books or buying them. Book collecting is a different hobby altogether.

I have been taking this Challenge since 2011 but I never did justice to it. Last 2 years were also quite challenging as my son was born and I got sucked into taking care of a newborn. It is overwhelming. But beginning of this year, I decided that this year I am going to be focused on my reading. I will not compromise on the quality of books though. Since I am not back into working professionally, I manage some time for reading. I know this year could be the year when I have maximum time for reading, which by any means does not mean I have a lot of time. But I use most of the free time I get in reading, no matter how little.

I have done well so far. I have read some interesting books and have quite a lot waiting to be read and reviewed. I also feel privileged that quite a lot of publishers send me books to review on my Book Blog. What more can I ask for really! In fact, I have to excuse myself from several requests depending on the genre / subject of the books or time I have. 


I have already crossed last year's 21 books. While I write this, I have read 24 books this year, while I am on 25th. 

Here are the books which I have read so far this year:







You can check out more about these books Here.


Here are the statistics:

FICTION: 16
NON FICTION: 8

If I had to pick my favorites out of these; here they are:

Though I have read more of Fiction, I am perhaps more fascinated by Non Fiction and the variety it offers - from memoir to anthology, from gender studies to films, from parenting to true crime. Another thing is a Non Fiction takes far more time to read than a Fiction. I can read a 400 pages thriller in 2 days but a book on Films with 400 pages will be completed in probably a week or even more. However, I want to explore more variety in reading this year. 
Amen!

10 comments:

  1. From your list, I have read I have got your number and Room is in to read list from long..
    I did Goodread challenge last year but couldn't complete it..This year I also took challenge to read 30 books but my reading has taken backseat..I m not reading regularly..too short of time always :-)

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    1. Read Room and The Sense of an Ending. Highly recommended.
      I had done badly in last 2 years. This year I am very focused. I am pursuing the numbers diligently.
      I spend all my free time in reading and writing.

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    2. thats really good..I wish I could do same :-)
      Probably I will be able to read more next year when lil one will be old enough to play safely.Right now whenever I m home, I have to keep eye on him otherwise he will fall here or there.he is crawling all the time these days !!

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    3. Ya I know. Tough time. You gotta keep an eye all the time.

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  2. Hi Reema,

    But, how does GoodReads keep track of the books read in this challenge? Do you have to post your reviews there?

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    1. Hi, hope you got my message in GoodReads. I love this little widget. It helps me track my reading and makes me feel good about it :-)

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  3. I hv read 20 books of my target of 50 :(. Definetely lagging behind...

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    1. Last 2 years I have done badly. This year I am pretty focused. I will cover up.
      By the way, I posted the picture of my kitchen last month, only for you :-) since you had asked during May challenge. Check it out here: http://penpaper.blogspot.in/2013/06/june-photo-day-day-13-kitchen.html

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  4. I am also wonly 2 books behind schedule!!!

    But good that u r being focussed this year. I always feel that we shud always pursue what we love :)

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    1. You will do more than your target I am sure. I hope I can atleast cover up. I agree. If we love reading so much we must find time to do it.

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