Reading in Action (that is two words) Challenge 2013

I am on the verge of completing my 2012 reading challenge. I set myself the aim of reading 366 books. I am currently reading number 365 and I am quietly confident that I will make my target. I will write a separate blog post about it. This post however is my challenge for 2013. I did not want to post it next week as it would strike me too much of a New Year’s Resolution and too easy to break.

I have spent the last 4 years doing reading challenges and book binges. I can honestly say that though they stretch me timewise, they do not challenge me as I love reading. I have noted that my reading was much broader 4 years ago when I look at previous years’ books. I now read romance novels almost exclusively but this does not concern me. 20 years ago I read literature almost exclusively. Reading preferences change over time. But what reading does is make me sedentary and this is not good. I need to get up, stretch, walk and exercise and I am going to do a Reading in Action challenge.

My Reading in Action challenge is the following:

To walk 5 kilometres for every book I read with more than 100 pages

To walk 1 kilometre for every 20 pages for books with less than 100 pages

To not start another book until I have completed my associated walking, the exception being picture books as I usually read 4 or 5 in a sitting at which point I will do the cumulative walking after the one sitting

If it is a rainy season, I will use my rowing machine as a substitute to cover the same distance.

I will continue reading at my own pace and I will keep track of books on Goodreads as I have been doing for many years (on WeRead before I moved to GR). I will specifically be noting my Australian Women Writer’s Reading and Reviewing books (AWW13) and following the monthly themes but I am not going to set any targets.

I guess my next step after writing this blog post is buying a pair of walking shoes.

    • Kat
    • December 29th, 2012

    You could walk while reading with audiobooks. :D

    • Audiobooks put me to sleep. I would be a sleepwalker (hahaha – I’m so funny).

    • Monica
    • December 31st, 2012

    You can read while pedalling an exercise bike – works for me!

  1. 366 books?! WOW! And walking after, that’s a great idea :)

    • The 366 books were all last year but I found I became lazy. That’s why this year I will be walking :)

      • How did you do it? You literally read 1 book each day? *amazed*

      • I would read 10-12 picture books in a sitting. This made all the difference as I also had to do study and work.

      • I see, yes that’s a great idea. :D

  2. Good luck with this. I admire your intentions! I should join you, but as I said on Facebook I would already be more than 20km behind! lol

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