Can you believe it has been four weeks of Challenge Reading already? I certainly can’t! Since I have been working on my challenge the last few weeks, it is time that I….
What was my challenge?
My challenge was to read through a big chunk of Amazon’s 100 Best Children’s Books. I knew I’d never read through all 100 books this semester, so I challenged myself to 1 picture book, 1 re-read (picture book or novel), and 1 new to me book.
How have I done?
So far I’m only 1 book behind in the challenge. There was one week (weeks 2 and 3) that I did not finish both chapter books I had chosen. I never added an additional book in though either. I have been good about reading both new to me and re-read books.
I’ve faced a few challenges. The first is being realistic in what I can read in one week. We are supposed to read for 4 hours each week. However, I’d estimate I read 5-6 hours each week. I wonder, is this too much?
I have found that the picture books are harder to come by in our small, Wyoming town. However, I’m doing my best with library trips and borrowing from friends.The picture books are the ones I have to plan for the most since I am relying on others to get a copy of the book.
My re-read books have all been ones that I have not read in a long time. This has been a pleasant surprise! There are so many books I know I read at one point, but I don’t remember everything (see The Mouse and the Motorcycle for evidence of that!).
I’ve also been pleased at finding the upper-elementary chapter books I have read. These books are shorter and filled with characters that I relate to. I have really found that children’s literature has very well-defined characters and I LOVE it.
Reflecting on the Challenge
Since I’ve begun this challenge, I have been really happy. This is a great challenge for me because it includes books from nearly all genres (I don’t think there are any non-fiction books on the list). I also love that it is a mix of all types of literature from picture books to chapter books. Another wonderful aspect is that many of the books are award winners – a sign to me that they will be amazing. This challenge seems to be a good fit for me.
I don’t know that I will need to adjust my challenge for the latter part
of the semester. I feel like I set a reasonable goal – 3 books a week, with one being a picture book – when I set out. It has been difficult not pushing myself to read all 100 books. But I am working to hold back. Otherwise, what would I read at Christmas?
Check In Final Thoughts
- I have picked an amazing challenge for me that covers many different genres and types of books. The fact that I am mixing re-reads with new to me books has been fun.
- It is hard not to push myself to read all 100 books. I’m working at being realistic with my reading and leaving my future self something to read.
How has your challenge gone? Which books on my challenge list do I need to be CERTAIN get read this semester?
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