Before I talk about reading I want to tell you about music mashups. I love song mashups. My husband got me into them and theyâ€™re a lot of fun and can be very creative. There are music mashups Iâ€™ve listened to so many times that when I hear one of the songs on the radio I automatically go into the second song at the appropriate places. The songs just donâ€™t sound right anymore unless theyâ€™re mashed together. What doÂ song mashups haveÂ to do with a reading challenge? I’m getting to that.
So one of my goals for the year is to read more. Itâ€™s always a goal and I usually set my target at twenty-five books read for the year. I originally was only going to do the Read Harder ChallengeÂ but then I found the Alphabet Soup Challenge. So Iâ€™m doing both! Before you think Iâ€™m completely crazy the Read Harder Challenge allows you to double up categories. Demon Seed that qualifies for a horror novel also fits the criteria for book published in the decade I was born. And that means for the Alphabet Soup Challenge I have my D novel. With no crossover books the mashup will mean reading fifty books. But with the crossovers Iâ€™m hoping it will be around thirty. It will depend on how many books I can add to the Read Harder list with different letters.
Last year out of the twenty-five books I wanted to read I actually read six. Yes, six. I can blame the horrible things that happened last year. I can blame work. I can blame a lot of things but the truth is I didnâ€™t make time for reading. As a writer I need to read to keep on top of the market, not to mention the pure enjoyment factor of plunging into different worlds. I schedule time for writing but I didnâ€™t schedule time for reading. My eight year-old niece reads like I used to read. At every opportunity. She will be my new reading role model.
A new year means a new chance to accomplish goals. When I told someone my reading goal for last year and what I actually read she asked me why I was doing this mashup this year. If I know I can for sure read six books why not make the â€œchallengeâ€ six books? But whereâ€™s the challenge in that? The purpose of a challenge is to push yourself to do more than you thought you could, expand your horizons. I achieved that in spades with the writing last year. And there was a time when I could read two books a weeks. Other writers manage to read one hundred books a year and still write, still have a family who remembers them. I can too!
So this year the goal is between thirty to fifty books. Check out my Goodreads Challenge ShelfÂ to follow along.
First book up (because itâ€™s the January book for book club) is A Wise Manâ€™s Fear.Â It satisfies the book over 500 pages criteria.
Any suggestions for books for either challenge? Throw them at me!
Until next timeâ€¦