2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge

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When I was at university I used to read a book a week, sometimes more than that, but now I’m in my early thirties and busy with work I find that it’s a lot harder to find the time to read for pleasure. I’m determined to read more this year and one way I’ll track that is by using the Goodreads Reading Challenge.

This year I’ve challenged myself to read 30 books and, as of today, I’ve read three out of the 30. I’m 10% through the reading challenge but Goodreads tells me I’m one book behind schedule so I’d better get reading!

February check-in: New Year Resolutions update

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In order to keep me motivated to achieve my New Year Resolutions I decided to do a monthly check-in post, as close to the last day of the month as I can. In this check-in post I will monitor how well I am doing with my three New Year’s Resolutions (see this post for my full explanation of my New Year’s Resolutions).

Here is how I got on with my resolutions in February:

1) Write more – I was aiming for at least 250 words a day and I managed to do that every day in February – hurray! In total I wrote 8735 words which is an average of 312 words per day.

2) Improve my cooking skills – In February I was experimenting with roasting vegetables (parsnips, potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes) to see which I preferred. I also cooked a version of the vegetable lasagne (using a different recipe than the one I used in January) and it worked out pretty well. I even served it to actual people who said they enjoyed it! Hurray again. I will try to post the recipe soon.

3) Read 25 books – I read More Than This (click here for my review) by Patrick Ness in early February for my book group and I have been trying to read A Dance with Dragons 1: Dreams and Dust (part of the Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series) for the past few weeks. So at the end of February I have read 3/25 books, which Goodreads tells me makes me 12% through my challenge.

January check-in: New Year Resolutions update

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In order to keep me motivated to achieve my New Year Resolutions I have decided that I will do a monthly check-in post, as close to the last day of the month as I can. In this check-in post I will monitor how well I am doing with my three New Year’s Resolutions (see this post for my full explanation of my New Year’s Resolutions), as well as mentioning anything of note that I’ve achieved in that month.

Here is how I got on with my resolutions in January:

1) Write more – I was aiming for at least 250 words a day and I managed to do that every day, except one, in January. So 30/31 days were successful and in total I wrote 9202 words which is an average of 297 words per day.

2) Improve my cooking skills – I tried several new recipes in January. Not all of them worked perfectly (I may write more about that at a later date) but I know that the only way to improve a skill is by practise.

A recipe that I tried that worked out well was: Chicken tikka masala

A recipe that I felt needed more work was: Vegetable lasagne (which tasted yum but looked a bit of a mess)

3) Read 25 books – I read Let It Snow (click here for my review) at the beginning of January and I finished A Feast For Crows (part of the Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series) yesterday. So I have read 2/25 books, which Goodreads tells me makes me 8% through my challenge.