Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Book Challenge Progress

Reading Challenge 2011

Today I found out that Chantel, of "Life, Love and Little Things" is hosting a reading challenge. I'm already doing everything on my own, so I thought I'd join in.

Here is a recap of my reading goals:

The Five Love Languages By Gary Chapman
168 Hours: You have More Time Than You Think By Laura Vandercam
Daughters of Islam by Miriam Adeney

Wrestling Prayer by Eric and Leslie Ludy
The Respect Dare by Nina Roesner
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery that Revolutionizes Home Baking by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François
A Thousand Shall Fall by Susi Hasel Mundy

As you can see, I am pretty much on track for January. I finished and reported on both Daughters of Islam and The Five Love Languages.

I haven't finished 168 hours, because one of the early chapters required spending a week cataloging EVERY MINUTE of the day. I could have decided to do that and read at the same time, but this year I've determined not to rush through books. Particularly books that could have an impact on how I live my life. So, I did exactly as required, put the book on the shelf, and spent a week taking meticulous notes.

The result?

First, I was pleasantly surprised by how much time my husband and I spend together. Other than that  I found a few areas for improvement, but I was pretty on target with how I'm spending my time. Secondly, the week off from reading that book gave me oodles of reading time that had to be filled. So.... I started four more books. Which is why 168 hours still isn't done.

Currently I'm reading:
The Respect Dare, Wrestling Prayer, A Thousand Gifts, and A Sane Woman's Guide to Raising a Large Family, by Mary Ostyn (substituted for Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman, a March assignment, for no better reason than it is cheaper, on the same topic, and has just as many positive reviews)

Usually I read one book at a time--my reading vice is reading individual books too fast, not reading too many at once. But of the 5 books I have going right now, 3 are studies (meaning a few pages or a chapter each day). The 4th book, A Thousand Gifts, isn't an actual study... but the reading is deep. I can't read a lot of it all at once. In fact, I started a "Sane Woman's Guide" so I'd have something I could pick up when I needed a lighthearted, educational-but-fun book to read!

My goals for the remainder of the month are to finish the books I'm on right now (obviously!) and to actually attempt Artisan Bread (I've read the book, but I don't think a person can count a cookbook as being "read" until AFTER they've tried at least one of the recipes).

I'll check back in in about a month to let you know how I did. In the meantime, stay tuned for book reviews! :-)


  1. I really like A Thousand May Fall. It's been a long time since I read that one.

    I think it is great that you actually spent a week keeping track of all your minutes. I would have a hard time doing that...but probably would find many areas to improve, for sure. :)

  2. Yes, it is challenging to keep up with the time. I was able to use Toggle ( to keep up with the time, and that really helped.