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2018 - 50 Books Reading Challenge

2018 50 Books Reading Challenge

This year, I've decided to set myself the challenge of reading 50 books - that's 1.04 a week, every week for the entire year.

But, why not 52? As a self-confessed perfectionist, I put a lot of pressure on myself to reach my goals and trying to read a book a week sounds tough. I just know I'd get behind, worry, rush through novels and try and pick the slimmest books on my shelf just to meet the big 52, which is not what I want this challenge to be about. Reading just two books less gives me some breathing room. See, 2018 is going to be a great year, I'm already growing as a person...

Why am I doing this? As it teenager, it was rare for me to be without permanent possession of a paperback. But, since graduating university I've gradually read less and less physical books and turned to audiobooks and podcasts for my literary fix. Of late I seem to be stuck in the same routine of my weekly dose of My Favorite Murder and Dear Hank and John - the two podcasts I listen to on their release date without exception - plus a good helping of that month's Audible purchase. I don't branch out and rarely pick up new paperbacks because, as far as my brain is concerned I've already checked the box next to my monthly reading duties. Sound familiar?

By starting this reading challenge, I'm actively encouraging myself to learn new things, visit new places and indulge in works from authours that would have taken me years to discover. My first step in my is to consolidate the number of books I'm reading - some started in late 2017 - into just two:

Books I'm currently reading:
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying - Marie Kondo
Breaking Mad - Anna Williamson
The Crime Book - DK Publishing
How to Stop Time - Matt Haig
Ghostly Tales (An Audible Christmas Gift) - Various
Reasons to Stay Alive - Matt Haig (re-read)

As you can see, it's an eclectic mix of crime, psychology, mystery and self-help. Throw in some YA and you've got all my favourites. Not forgetting those I have already read this year:

Books I've finished:
1. The Little Book of Lykke - Meik Wiking
2. The Life-Changing Magic of not giving a Fuck - Sarah Knight (re-read)
3. Lost at Sea - Jon Ronson

... I'll make sure to add to this list throughout 2018 so you can check my progress!

What books will you be reading in 2018? Are you doing a reading challenge too? I certainly need some book recommendations in the comments!
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