I tried to keep my challenges for 2020 simple, never dreaming that the year would become anything but simple.

Basically, I had two goals: whittle down my TBRs and Dollycas’s 2020 Alphabet Soup Challenge. I have just completed the author whose name begins with “M,”so I guess I am on track since M is sort of half way through the alphabet. Recently I photographed myself with what remained of several shelves of TBRs (Search Wednesday To-Dos to see the pile), which I had intended to show how terribly many books I had left to read. Most comments on that pile, however, said it was “manageable” and no big deal, so I am encouraged that maybe I’m doing ok on that goal as well!

Another goal I set for 2020 was to read 20 books recommended by other bloggers in 2020, and since I have read ten books, again, I am right on schedule!

I feel so good about being “up to date” on accomplishing my goals that I am going back to a 2019 goal and reading a Book about Books, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Has anyone else read it? I have just begun, so is it worth investing my valuable reading time in? I am also reading the third book in a series I have enjoyed immensely, Breakfast with Buddha, Lunch with Buddha, and Dinner with Buddha. It has been an enlightening reading experience, has inspired me to download some guided meditation materials, and given me a whole new outlook on how to live one’s life slowly, enjoying being “in the moment” every moment. All this and following a humorous, fun, darned good story. The “action” is picking up in the third book, and I can hardly wait to get back to it.

By the middle of July I will have to get back on the challenge track and re-start the drive to accomplish my 2020 goals. In the meantime, I am enjoying my little “break” from reading for goals and enjoying whatever sendipitous reading experiences come my way.

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

5 thoughts on “2020 CHALLENGES UPDATE”

  1. That is great Rae. ONe of the reasons I do so many challenges is that it gives me such a variety of books to choose from. I often do not finish them, but that’s okay because they are self-imposed, no pressure. Enjoy whatever you read Rae.😀📚

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    1. I really, really like the idea of not finishing a goal or challenge. I’ve never been very comfortable if I didn’t do something I attempted all the way to the (sometimes bitter) end. Thanks for more or less making it ok.

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  2. I think the idea of challenges is chiefly to encourage folks to move out of their comfort zone, or tackle the ever-teetering To Be Read pile! I think by their very nature, the majority of the challenges are not necessarily there to be completed, but to be experienced. And surely, where books are concerned – that’s all that matters… I’m extremely impressed at the breadth of your reading anyway, Rae:)). Enjoy going wild with your reading…

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