There are a host of reading challenges online that you can choose to participate in and each one is welcomed as fostering internal motivation to see a reading task through to the happily-ever-after end. I have participated in a few challenges since becoming a book blogger, but none have compared to the latest one that I have set out for myself here very recently.
You see, I’ve been a mother of one up until now which has allowed me plenty of time to read pretty much anything I wanted and mostly whenever I wanted. But we’re transitioning from a one child house to a two child house (with hearts open for more when and if God chooses). I know from advice and not a bit of personal experience that more children = less reading time for me.
But I want to read. I HAVE to read. Reading keeps me sane. It entertains me. It stretches my mind and my imagination and causes me to wrestle with issues that I wouldn’t otherwise engage with apart from books. I can’t NOT read (and I know many of you can identify with this). I’ve been wracking my brain lately trying to sort out priorities and figure out how I can still make reading a part of my life while still nurturing my family.
The other night I was reading aloud to my on-the-verge-of-being-a-three-year-old when the thought passed through my mind that I should read all of the children’s picture books in our children’s library. In this way I can:
1. Share my love of reading with my kids (which I do anyway, but now on a much grander scale!); and
2. Give myself a challenge that is attainable and still large enough to interest me greatly.
So the website Reading My Library was born.
Stack by stack, library bag by library bag full I intend to read all of the picture books through, from A to Z. I’m keeping track of titles, time spent, number of books read, good books, bad books and everything in between. I would love for you to join me on the journey by reading books from your own library or just seeing what I’ve found at mine.
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For me, this challenge marries things that I love well: family and reading. It’s manageable and something I can share with those I love best. I’m having fun and I LOVE the challenge of it! Come check it out!
Do you have a particular reading challenge that suits you and your lifestyle well? If so, what it is? I’d really love to hear about it!