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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Reading Challenge 2012

Last year I signed up for the Goodreads Reading Challenge which you can read about here and here. I challenged myself to read 50 books in 2011. I read a lot, and I kept seeing people online who were going for 100, comparatively 50 seemed quite doable. Clearly I had not done the math! Who are these people reading 100 books a year? If you stop to think about it (which clearly I didn't) it's almost a book a week, all year! Unfortunately my competitive instinct was more highly honed than my cognitive ability.

Goodreads clearly understands that many of us do not meet our goal and so they conveniently allow you to "update" your goal as the year goes on. Yes, come July you can downgrade the number of books you're challenging yourself to read. How ridiculous, you can just move the goal post so you too can feel like a winner! I didn't do this and so the site helpful reminded me all year that I was hovering around 20% behind my goal. Perhaps what's truly crazy is the need to challenge myself to read x number of books in one year and, despite complaining, to return to do  the same the next year!

I read 36 books last year and I'm hoping to read at least 40 this year. The challenge certainly made me think about my reading,  and I enjoyed keeping a catalogue of what I had read. The greatest benefit of the challenge is as a mnemonic device. Frankly I've forgotten half the books I read last year. Which raised the question, do books "count" if you can't even remember them?


Belletje said…
I'm guessing people who read those 100 books are either librarians, teachers, grad students or liars. Haha.. Mine is about 40 books too but I kind of feel like I'm cheating too if they are young adult books, graphic/comic books, or non-fiction reads.

But keep on reading! I found that Goodreads has helped me discover some great titles last year that I wouldn't have otherwise pick up.

RYC: I LOVE Downton Abbey. I'm in the middle of season 2 here in Canada. The costumes and sets are amazing. Maggie Smith is fab.