Reading is one of my favourite things to do. It has been for as long as I can remember. Despite this, it can be difficult to find space for this beloved pastime. You know the drill. Life gets busy (thanks to work, responsibilities at home, and all the other necessities of everyday life) and the things you love most seem to fall by the wayside. That is why one of my New Year's Resolutions last year was to read more. A lot more. So, I created the 20/20 Reading Challenge. What is it? Did I succeed? And what did I read? Here is everything you need to know.
What is the 20/20 Reading Challenge?
In recent years, I've tended to favour either fiction or non-fiction books. Though it varied from year to year...there was always a leaning, one way or another. That is what inspired this particular reading challenge. My goal was to read 20 fiction books and 20 non-fiction books by the time 2020 rolled around. That way, there would be a good balance between fantasy and reality.
Yes, the 20/20 Reading Challenge is to read 20 fiction and 20 non-fiction books in one year. For some, this challenge will seem easy. For others, it may be seemingly impossible. Personally, it was something I felt was achievable for me. If I actively made time for my favourite pastime, that is. So.... did I reach my goal? Yes! I was able to surpass my goal and read a variety of fiction and non-fiction books in 2019. Some of those books were educational, others were biographies, and there were lots of mystery and chic lit novels in there as well, to spice things up.
My final book tally for 2019 was: 26 fiction books and 30 non-fiction books. Not too bad! I was happy that I was able to not just meet my reading goal for the year, but surpass it by a whopping 16 books. For 2020, I am once again focused on my 20/20 Reading Challenge. Partly because it worked out so well the first time and partly because it felt good to spend more time doing something that means so much to me.
What I Read in 2019
Okay, so I won't list every single book I read this past year. However, I did want to share a few favourites from the bunch. The standouts for fiction were: Little Women, The Silkworm, Anne of Green Gables, Choker, and Christmas From the Heart. For non-fiction, I especially enjoyed: Why Good People Do Bad Things, Frank Sinatra: The Voice and The Chairman, Captive, Girl Wash Your Face, and The Art of Extreme Self Care.
Overall, I had a lot of fun with this challenge. It felt good to work towards a goal that brought me personal enjoyment and fulfillment. Here is to another year of reading....
Will you try the 20/20 Reading Challenge this year? What is the last book you read?