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I participated in The Calm Scribe’s Reading Challenge for 2023. Today I’m looking back to see how I did.
Since I hit the mark of reading 26 books last year via adding new books as I went, I wanted to read more books from my original list this year.
From the List
I read 17 of my 26 originally planned books. I started reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X, but didn’t finish it.
There were two books I DNF’d on purpose:
- The End of Scarcity by Kristen Ragusin is a nonfiction book trying to be fun and conversational, but it just comes off as condescending. If you’re curious, I recommend saving yourself the frustration and skipping to page 289 to get what I assume is the gist of it.
- All Good Deeds by Stacy Green was too heavy on the copaganda and sexualization of children for my taste. (My taste = 0 of these things.)
Because I just can’t seem to help myself, I had to immediately read books that I acquired over the year. These were:
- Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? edited by Maya Schenwar, Joe Macaré, and Alana Yu-lan Price.
- The Colorado Kid by Stephen King.
- When the Grid Goes Down by Tony Nester.
- Grow or Die: The Good Guide to Survival Gardening by David the Good.
I also got and started Let This Radicalize You by Kelly Hayes and Mariame Kaba, but I’m only at chapter 2. Next year.
How I Did
Challenge books: 17 (One more than last year!)
I read: 21
As usual, my reading pace slowed over the summer. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to pick it back up again before the end of the year.
I’m trying not to feel bad about this, because I feel myself struggle with my attention span more than I used to, but it’s still a little disappointing to not hit a goal I know I could have.
Did you have reading goals this year? How did you do? HMU @kcotenti on Twitter to share!