30 Day Reading Challenge Results

Deciding to do a reading challenge whilst I was writing my final year coursework and revising for my final ever exam seemed like such a good idea. During the 30 days, however, I hated my past self more than ever before. There I was, thinking it would be a piece of cake to read every day and deciding it wasn’t challenging enough so I had to read 50 pages a day. Well, the results are in, and I can say now that no, I did not read every day. Not only did I have two days where I just wrote down ‘revision’ instead of how much I’d read, but I also had three days where I was so sick I could barely concentrate on the words on the page.

Yet, somehow, I was still successful. 50 pages a day would be 1500 pages over 30 days and, despite not reading every single day and revising like mad, I managed to read a total of 2192 pages. Don’t ask me how, because I’ve no bloody clue. That would make my average as 73 pages per day, meaning that I went over by 692 pages. My best day was the 9th May (post coursework, just over a week before my final exam) in which I read 356 pages – though really that’s all thanks to Sarah J Mass for making A Court of Wings and Ruin so addictive. I managed to finish that book, along with The Power, Hero of Ages, Lincoln in the Bardo, and I finally finished listening to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on audible.

Although at times it caused me a bit of stress to get to that 50 page mark for as many days as possible, it helped to show me just how much time there is in a day to sneak in some fun reading. It was about making the time to do something I enjoyed, and managing my time so that I would get the chance to do it. I’d recommend doing a reading challenge to everyone, if just to get you reading some more or plowing through a TBR pile.

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30 Day Reading Challenge

This is just a short update to say that I’ve decided to participate in a 30 Day Reading Challenge, and by participate I mean that I’ve seen a few other people do them and it sounds like a good plan to me!

The idea is pretty self-explanatory: you read for thirty days. I’ve decided to add another dimension to the challenge, because I already read most days and wouldn’t find just ‘reading’ every day as much of a challenge that I want, so I’ve decided that I’m going to set a target of reading 50 pages every day. These thirty days, starting today, will take me up to two days before my final ever exam at university, which marks the end of my university career, so in this time of extreme stress and anxiety, I want to make sure I’m taking the time to give myself a break and read something for fun. I always worry that I’ll kill my love of reading from revising all day or doing essay reading all day, so I’m hoping this ensures my consistent reminder that reading is fun.

Although this is a challenge, I’m not going to force myself to read if I feel like all I want to do is nap or do something else for a beak, but I’m hoping 50 pages is something that’s reachable whilst still being a challenge. I’m also going to include audiobooks, as I really want to finish the one I’m on (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) so I can make a start on the huge one I’ve got waiting for me (Bleak House). As most chapters are around 30 minutes long, I’m going to say I have to listen to at least one chapter or as close to 30/40 minutes I can get.

So this is day 1, and so far I’ve done 42 pages so I’m planning to finish off the challenge for today by doing some reading before bed. Wish me luck!