When Challenges are well conceived they hone an increase of enjoyment for a particular thing. Take my six years of taking part in the Reading Challenge that book-reading diary/community site GoodReads runs. If I hadn’t signed up for my first one in 2011, it’s quite possibly that some great authors would have passed me by. My average of 9 books read per year could also have been noticeably lower.
Reading in 2017
The normal reading pattern for any year since 2011 has been a casual mix of graphic novels and fiction. For 2017 I wanted to introduce non-fiction into the mix; autobiographies and historical non-fiction. Although I’ve never been one to read more than one book at a time, I can’t see there being a problem reading a fiction and non-fiction book at the same time. It may even increase the chance of retaining interest in reading with two vastly different topics on the go.
During the last year my interest in WWI has been growing. Although I have a general understanding of WWII, the first World war is a totally mystery to me. It has been the playing of the SP and MP of Battlefield 1 that has increased my desire to understand more about, ‘the war to end all wars’. John Keegan’s book The First World War was gifted to me at Christmas and will be the first WWI book on my non-fiction pile.
I’ve challenged myself to read 15 books this year via this year’s GoodReads Challenge. It’s an achievable goal – 2015 I managed 17 – and I hope to surpass it but 15 will be a good return of reading for the year.
Do you have a reading challenge set for this year? I’d be interested to know why you have or don’t have a book reading goal for the year in the comments below.