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My 50 Book Challenge

I was hoping for BIG things last year, and had set myself a doable target of reading 50 books in 2017. Especially given I can read a book in 1-2 days. Sad to say, I never reached my goal, and fell short of even the halfway mark by one book. Managing only 24 books. Next to 2016, my worse year to date. I blame it on a kidney stone that decided it needed to move after growing to a very uncomfortable 9 x 11 mm. I lost three months to that one tiny inconvenient stone.

2016, btw, was also a disastrous year for reading in which I lost half the year to ill health. And while you think being ill would be a perfect excuse for sitting quietly somewhere, reading. It’s not always the case. A brain seizure has a way of putting you out of action. So, of course, Vegetable self just wasn’t up to reading.

My aim this year—though that aim has wavered for the first quarter of this year—is to try again for the 50 book target. I regret to say, I’ve only managed three books since the start of the new year and now, find myself looking at my TBR pile with May fast approaching. I’ve a lot of catching up to do. Never mind a wish list at Chapters-Indigo that’s lengthening by the day. I surf several book review websites a day reading reviews rather than reading books. Doh!

I blame it on back-to-back years of health scares that have interrupted my reading flow. I just need to read that one book that gets me back in my groove, and I’ll be back on track.

Now, I just need to figure out what that one good book is!


  1. I’m sorry to hear your health got in the way of your reading plans last year. I hope this year will be a better one for you. And as far as which good book to start with, I know just what you mean. There are a lot of good ones out there, and sometimes it’s a matter of the luck of choosing just exactly the right one…

    • Alex says

      Thanks, Margot, the upside of the health issues is that I retired early, and am now (cough, cough) enjoying putting my feet up. Thing is, having so much time on my hands is so new you end up wondering what to do with yourself. So you find yourself doing little or nothing—including reading! 😉

      Today I have the whole day to myself, so I made a decision, I’m going to start reading Anders de la Motte’s The Missing Informant, the follow up to a book I read last year.

  2. Kenny Harrison says

    My book pile snarls at me every time I take a glance at them while they rest on two bookshelves. I dust and acknowledge them. What more do they want? I’m ashamed of my online reading addiction. It’s bad, Alexandra, real bad. Illness sucks, I know, and it’s easy to procrastinate, given the digital distractions at our fingertips. I can’t imagine matching your target of 50, but I’ll shoot for 6 fiction and 4 technical/science books. Hey, do audible books count? 🙂

    • Alex says

      Your bookpile snarls at you, Kenny? Oh my, but you did make me laugh. I’m sure mine has quietly been doing the same, while I continued to buy but not read.

      And yes, we all get lost online reading one thing or another, whether blogs, news, or otherwise. It’s so easy, I know. But there’s nothing to be ashamed of. Go for it, if you’re enjoying your visits, why not?

      Oh, and audio books are just as valid as paperbacks or ebooks, again, why not. 😉

      Happy reading dear friend!

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