Right now, I am just one book away from completing my 2015 reading goal of sixty books. I have to say, making the commitment to read sixty books in a year was one of the best decisions I ever made.
I’ve learned a lot in the last twelve months because of this focus on reading, and I’ve been able to apply so much of what I’ve read, both in fiction and nonfiction, directly to my life.
Since I started this goal, I’ve met and talked with many people who are interested in doing the same. Some of these people already read about sixty books a year (or more!) and some of them simply want to make reading more of a priority. These conversations, whether about specific books or about reading in general, are always so inspiring to me.
A friend and fellow educator, Laura Agnella (who keeps an awesome blog called The Book Junkie!), and I talk about reading all the time. Even though we don’t read a lot of the same books, we both read all the time and love to talk about and write about what we read.
Because of this shared love for books and reading, Laura and I have teamed up to host the #SixtyBooks in 2016 Reading Challenge!
HERE’S HOW THE READING CHALLENGE WORKS:
- Fill out the #SixtyBooks in 2016 form.
- Keep track of the books you read. (Laura and I both use Goodreads to log our books, but you can use a notebook, a spreadsheet, or any other method you like.)
- Stay connected. Talk about your books, talk about the challenge, and encourage others to read with you.
Reading is much more social than we tend to think it is, so staying connected is probably the most important part of the challenge. Lucky for us, there are so many ways to connect these days!
Join our Goodreads group
…and use the #SixtyBooks hashtag to share out your reading progress, favorite books, and to encourage other readers.
Remember, #SixtyBooks is about making reading a regular part of our daily lives and encouraging other people to do the same. It’s not a competition (the only person you are ever competing with is yourself!) and it’s not just about the number; it’s about incorporating reading as a fundamental and non-negotiable part of our routine.
And, most importantly, it’s fun. 🙂