Monday, June 28, 2021

20/20 reading challenge update + mini book reviews

Ahh...New Year's Resolutions. Sometimes they seem impossible to achieve. That is why I have adopted a monthly check-in with my resolutions. It makes it easier to hold myself accountable when I can actively track my progress. One of my resolutions is carried forward from last year: the 20/20 reading challenge. (You can read more about that here.) Essentially, the goal is to read 20 fiction books and 20 non-fiction books by the end of the year. Last year, I was able to surpass this goal, which felt wonderful. This year? I haven't had quite as much time to read....though I am definitely doing my best to squeeze it in wherever possible. Since we are about halfway through 2021, it only made sense to share a mid-way update on this personal reading challenge. There will also be some mini book reviews to consider as well. Here goes...

The 20/20 reading challenge was something that I came up with so that I would make more intentional time to read and so that I would read a variety of genres. In the years that I have done it...it has been fairly successful. So this year, it felt right to continue with the resolution. How is the challenge going so far? Not as well as I would like. At the current moment, my tally is nine fiction and six non-fiction books. I should be at about ten each at this point, so I am slightly behind where I would prefer. Life has just been so busy lately with work and everything else. Sigh! Some of the fiction books that have been added to my complete list include: Red, White, and Royal Blue, Jurassic Park, Christmas Cake Murder, and Midnight Sun. Some of the non-fiction books on my completed list include: The Gifts of Imperfection, Didn't See That Coming, and Think Like a Monk. 

Clearly...there is a lot more reading in my future! I already have several other books on the go. (Because for whatever reason, I read multiple books at a time.) Some examples include: Women Rowing North and Bliss. Looking for some book recommendations? Want to check out some mini book reviews? My latest YouTube video shares some recent reads...

What have you been reading lately? Did you set any reading goals this year?

21 comments:

  1. Oh yes I love this chocolate, it's so yummie.
    It was really much fun to have a nice day in another city =) Thank you, I love this banana shirt too.

    Interesting post, it's nice to hear something about your reading challenge =) This books look all interesting.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, reading is definitely something that I try to prioritize as much as possible. In a perfect world....I would be able to read all the time!

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    2. You're welcome. This sounds really nice =)

      Thank you =) This new sport outfit is really cute and comfortable =)

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  2. I really need to read more books!

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  3. I really love books and often read))

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    1. That is wonderful! Reading is such an importance experience.

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  4. Great post.
    Thanks for your review.

    www.paginasempreto.blogspot.com.br

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  5. I love the picture ! I am good with reading this year and I am happy about it:)

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  6. Even if you are behind where you want to be it's good you are trying to read more and stick with your challenge! After my neighbour started up a book club in lockdown last year I really got back into reading - I have done really well with finding time to read this year and last year so I'm hoping I stick with it - the idea of reading half non fiction books is a good one - the only non fiction I read are parenting books really, haha! I mostly read fiction :)

    Hope you are having a lovely week :)

    Away From The Blue

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    1. How lovely that your neighbour started a book club during lockdown. What a great idea! I'm so glad you've been able to make a little more time for reading since then. Thank you so much <3

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  7. Wow, I'd love to do this too this year. You look stunning as you always do, and I love your voice so much, dear!

    Marie
    https://theflowerduet.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much! You can definitely track your books this year! It is always nice to look back and remember all of the wonderful books that were read :)

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  8. love the idea! You did great taking up the challenge. I wonder if I actually can read 20 books a year

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    1. Thank you! It is always nice to make more time to read.

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