I think this is a good time to post an update regarding where I’m at in my book challenges. I do have a page set up which lists my book challenges, and which I update whenever I finish a book, but it’s still nice to do an update and congratulate myself a bit for getting this far.
I’ve just recently finished my fifth book of the year, which means that I’m a quarter of the way to finishing my target of 20 books. I think I’m making sure that I don’t lose momentum in my reading, and avoid getting into a reading slump, because that can last for months, and I sometimes end up having to rush at the end of the year. So while I have the energy and the will to read, I read. It also helps that there is quite the collection of unread books at home, and browsing through those books to see what I can read next is something I derive enjoyment out of.
Here’s the list of books I’ve read so far:
- Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan
- Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
- Empire of Memory by Eric Gamalinda
- The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
The first three books are written by Filipino authors, which is something that I am quite proud of. I feel like I’ve only enjoyed foreign works, so discovering books closer to home is a really good thing (I think Miguel Syjuco is not based in the Philippines but still, it’s close to home).
I’m also trying the Read Harder Challenge this year, and so far I’ve only ticked off two tasks out of 25, which are the following:
- A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance) – The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad (classic spy novel)
- A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author – Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan.
I don’t really pressure myself into finishing as many tasks as I can, but I do try to see if some of the books I want to read fall within any category. I find that it adds more fun to reading, and makes it possible for me to read a wider variety of material and themes.
Do you have any reading challenges of your own? If you do, how is it so far? I do think that the most important thing is to enjoy reading, more than finishing any reading challenge. (But it wouldn’t hurt to conquer a challenge too, am I right?)