The 52 Book Challenge: I tried, I failed, I still won.

Photo credit: Holly Storrow

Photo credit: Holly Storrow

No matter what anyone says, reading 52 books in one year is hard.

But when a friend introduced me to the 52 Book Challenge, which means reading 52 books in one year (essentially, a book per week), I felt like I had to try it. I’m a bookworm and take much pride in the fact that I have so many books I could probably open my own library, so I figured reading one book per week over the course of the year wouldn’t be that difficult. Challenging, yes. But not difficult.

Sadly, I didn’t make it. When I closed my 47th book on Dec 30, I was sad, because I hadn’t finished my goal and beat the challenge. I’m already a pretty sore loser by nature (I blame my father, who also has a very competitive personality) and just the thought of being so close to finishing was completely frustrating. I decided right then and there that I was not, under any circumstances, going to try it again.

But today, when it came time to set my new goal for 2014 on Goodreads, I found myself entering 52 into the little goal box once again. Because I no longer saw my 47 books in 2013 as a loss, but as a total win. So I didn’t read a book a week. Who cares? I was still able to do something amazing.

I was able to live 47 different lives outside of my own. I went on 47 adventures. I spent an entire winter in a haunted hotel. I traveled with a mysterious circus all over the world. I fought to become a billionaire inside of a virtual world, broke a couple of old women out of a nursing home and solved a few murders while I was at it. And that’s what I think the 52 Book Challenge is really all about. It’s about losing yourself for a little while  and escaping into a different world and pretending for just a moment that the problems you’re dealing with in your reality don’t have to exist anywhere else.

I think that’s pretty cool.

Some of my favorite reads from this year include American on Purpose by Craig Ferguson, Rotters by Daniel Kraus and Carl Hiaasen’s Nature Girl. Although there really wasn’t a book I read that I didn’t find enjoyable. Each one was unique and entertaining in its own way.

You can find my complete 2013 reading list here.

Did you take part in the 52 Book Challenge? Let me know in the comments below, or share some of your favorite books from 2013!




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