Book Reading Challenges

Girl reading a book.
Girl reading a book. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have always loved reading, mostly fiction and then a lot of books in the inspirational/ self-help genre. So when I went almost completely off reading for a couple of years, I couldn’t believe how much I had changed. It seemed so out of character that I could hardly get myself to finish even ten books in a year.  At first,  I put it down to the changes in my life – I had got married, moved cities, etc.  But then, I realized it was due to the fact that I was gradually developing cataracts in both eyes at the ripe old age of 43! That was a shocker, for sure.

Thankfully, modern medicine has ensured that my vision is back to normal. And with that has come a renewed passion for reading.  In 2011, I challenged myself to read 75 books. That done, in 2012, I read a 100 books! This year, I challenged myself to read another 100.  However, I found myself reading at such a fast pace that I’ve altered that to a 125!

Here are two Book Reading Challenges you might like:

I absolutely love Goodreads. It so easy to keep a track of the books you’ve read and also to get reviews, suggestions, etc. Here’s what my challenge looks like today.

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Corinne has
read 31 books toward her goal of 125 books.


I saw The Book Vixen Challenge on my friend Sharmila’s blog and entered that too.

Outdo Yourself

The Book Vixen 2013 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge


Do you like reading? If so, do you challenge yourself to read more? What’s your target of books to read this year?

Read more about my book tales here. 

Today we’re on B of the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge.


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34 Replies to “Book Reading Challenges”

  1. Wow Corinne, this is an inspiration. I don’t read as fast as I used to. I want to read too. I am going to use this as an opportunity to get back to reading more. So many good books out there!

  2. Ha! So like me! There was a time when I thought I could not survive if I didn’t read every day! I’m still on book number two for my Good reads challenge!

  3. Cataract at 43 ? But I am glad you are perfectly Ok now and breaking records with all reading challenges 🙂 Even I feel empty when I don’t read …will look up for the reading challenge 🙂

  4. Oh wow Corinne. I’m not sure I have the patience to read that many books. However, I have done a lot more reading now that I have my ipad and kindle app. Good luck on your challenge.

    1. I found my reading speed increasing when I started using my Kindle, Suzy. Perhaps it is because I now read in bed late into the night without the light disturbing Jose! 😉

  5. I wish I could read 125 books…but I used to, and still do a healthy 1 book per week. I mix it up, read parenting books, then Indian fiction, then a Chicken Soup or Coelho, move onto even a M&B and then to a thriller. I also read on iPad. Its the one thing that I abs cannot live without – reading!


  6. Well, doc just said my eyes were good– but I haven’t had time / wanted to read any thing in the last 2 years. I call it a mid-life crisis…but probably more along the lines of laziness??? Just guessing 🙂

    Glad you got back to reading!!

    Cheers, Jenn

  7. I am smiling 🙂
    I love book reading challenges too,last year I read 120 complete books,left about 10 halfway..
    Hope to read more this year…Though a member of Goodreads ,somehow have not joined a challenge there..will try to rectify that.

  8. I love reading but dunno if I can keep a goal. At times I finish books in one go. At times I come back to them after days. Erratic, but then again, that is me. Having said that, I’ve done Good Reads this year. Fingers crossed. 🙂

  9. I love books (My today’s post is about bookworms!)
    I read so much that I dont really need a goal ! I use sites like Goodread etc to discover new books and authors from different genres and regions !

  10. I too love good reads
    but even with out cataract I cant read more than 10-20 per year
    How do u manage :O
    I want to read few more this year !
    good lck with reading

  11. Corinne, Excuse me while I pick my jaw off the floor. You plan to read an astounding 125 books this year, and you’ve read 32 already. I have so much catching up to do. I’ve improved ever since I got my Kindle. So I am currently reading 2 books at the same time. But I’ve completed only five this year. You are indeed every author’s dream reader.

  12. I could relate to the part you said that once you were off reading it’s difficult to get the pace. It has happened to me. But right now i am taking one step at a time and trying my best to get back at writing.

    you read 100 last year and this year you have challenged yourself for 125 book???? wow! i am missing so much of reading and don’t how will i ever make up for it.

    Glad to know that your vision is back to normal. 🙂

    and yes Goodreads is an amazing place for book lovers.

  13. Amazon has taken over Goodreads, and while that is good news for readers, I’m not so sure about us writers. Good luck on reaching your reading goals, and I look forward to the rest of your challenge posts!
    Damyanti @Daily(w)rite
    Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2013

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  14. I used to be a voracious reader, but these days I tend to read in fits and starts. While I’m writing a novel, I don’t read any in the same genre, as I don’t want to be influenced (even subconsciously) by anyone else’s style.

  15. Good Morning…I love to read on my ereader but never really used/heard of Goodreads going to have to check it out! Hmmm Maybe will challenge self to read 50 books this year!

    Thanks for sharing!

  16. I love reading too and have never stopped to count the number of books I read in a year. I always read between 5-10 when on holiday and probably average 1 per week the rest of the year, so c.60 books I’d guess. I fluctuate between reference books for research and learning, coffee table books to flick through, novels and fashion books. I am planning on writing a book too, hence the reason for starting to blog to hone my writing style.

  17. I don’t know what I’d do without books. Fiction fell to the wayside during my university years, but I am back into it with a vengeance now. I don’t really have a goal for number of books to read, but I’ve definitely increased my reading rate since getting my kindle.

  18. I’m in awe of you, Corinne. I love reading and have only just found Goodreads this year, but how addicted I am now to it. I’ve challenged myself to a somewhat paltry 30 books this year. Even so, that’ll still be more than I achieved last year.

  19. Inspiring and amazing! Please tell me wher you fit the time into your day! I struggle to read about 20 books a year (and I thought I was a reader! Ha!)

  20. I could never imagine a life without books. I admire you for keeping and exceeding your goal. I have a hangup about creating a number of books goal as I think I’ll jinx myself. That said, I am happy to be able to read, thanks to reading glasses. While a hard copy of a book (and its fragrance) is desirable, I am rather partial to digital books particularly for the “Zoom” feature.

    Goodreads is a great place!

  21. Ha Corinne !
    what do I say now about my reading habits, there used to be a time, I would visit the library, and book centres to pick up a few book for myself as gifts. Now with marriage, children, career – I have not been able to continue with the same passion. I love the way you have targeted reading, something I need to learn from you ! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for suggesting me to join the April challenge, I am motivated now and running in circles, to ensure that I post every day for this month.
    I feel discomfort that I am not able to read all the posts of inspiring bloggers here, even though i would love too, with power cuts, work, home and travel … I am doing my best ! thanks again !!

  22. I used to be a voracious reader, but someone life turned the table on me and I turned into a voracious writer. I skim and sample more than real reading. I so miss it , I will return to it. About the cataracts, wow! My husband developed them in his early 40s. Thank heavens for modern medicine.

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