Reading challenges are the best way to stay disciplined in a reading routine. I signed up to read 30 books for the Blogchatter #TBRChallenge this year. This post is my check-in on what has been the progress so far.
My 2020 in Books
In 2020, the pandemic hit us in the month of March and I was jolted. It was difficult adjusting to everyone’s routine and finding a saner time to pick up a book. Result: I had come tumbling down from the previous year’s benchmark of reading 49 books. I had only read 38 books. I went into 2021 with this hesitation; the unread stack was indeed on the rise and I was in for a reading nosedive.
My 2021 in Books, So far…
It took an extra effort in 2021 to set aside exclusive reading time. The pandemic surely took a toll and those lethargic post-vaccine days added to the reading slump. Eight months into the challenge, I have read 10 books and there are 20 more to go!
Eight months, ten books but I have never been happier. A book a month seems like a snail’s pace but then I tell myself these have not been the normal times. To a great extent, the check-ins to upload the book cover picture on the #TBRChallenge helped me revive some competitive spirit. I looked at the Readerboard on Blogchatter website and found my blogging community friends updating their reading list like the normal times. Surely, I was motivated…to inch from achieving 12% to somewhere higher. Now I stand at 33%…Yayy!
How the Year began…
I had wanted to be in a happy space internally before I could read get back to my normal reading routine. This led me to ‘Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life’ by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles. Though this book mostly talks about secrets to longevity, I was mesmerised by its soothing tone. It made me think about all those happy people in their old ages living in the serene mountains of Okinawa, Japan.
After ‘Ikigai’, I jumped on to ‘The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well’ and this one found its way into my rare ‘Did Not Finish’ list. It was around May when my reading slump had slumped beyond measure.
However, the silver lining to my reading challenge is ‘A Suitable Boy’ by Vikram Seth. I was procrastinating reading this book for ages; obviously I was afraid of its length. Finally, I took the plunge this year but to confess honestly, it has taken a long time to reach at the last leg of this book!
The Last Four Months…
More twenty books to go…that would be a gigantic task. But I am not disheartened. I loved the books I read this year. I loved the slow pace. I enjoyed reading each book.
Having said that, I guess the paradox with every book lover is whether to read more books or give more time to each book.
There are so many great books out there and so little time. I can see my bookshelves toppling over the next one as books try to fight it out with dust and booklice. Eeww! Time to get geared up with cleaning and speeding up the reading pace.
I’m participating in Blogchatter’s #TBRChallenge