Reading Challenges

As a child I was a voracious reader, I’d go to the public library as often as my parents would take me. I read right through the junior section and then the librarian allowed me into the stockroom! I also helped out in the school library as a teenager so even more books to read. Fast forward to 2012 and I hardly read any books at all, frittering away far too much time on the internet.

So in 2013 I set up a Goodreads account and challenged myself to read 50 books that year, I succeeded and read 57 books in 2013. I have carried on using Goodreads and have found it useful to keep challenging myself, fast forward again to 2016 and I read 112 books!

For 2017 I have decided not to challenge myself to read a specific number of books but instead to read more non-fiction, in particular to read some of the many, many books in the to read pile in the house. And yes if you glance at my 2017 shelf it only has fiction in it, but I did have to read my Christmas books first and I am more than half way through Paul Mason’s Postcapitalism with more non-fiction lined up to follow it.

I also find using an app useful for book recommendations, I usually ignore the ones thrown up by the algorithms but I do pay attention to what my friends are reading and giving good reviews to. I also make use of the To Read shelf to list books I want to read and I try to focus on finding these in the library or bookshop. This is only partially successful of course, I usually just end up finding more interesting look books to add to the list!

I definitely have my reading habit back!


Four New Year Walks

I have started 2017 as I mean to go on, with lots of walking and lots of photos.

New Year’s Day Walk – Rosslyn Chapel Way





Walk 2 – Corstorphine Hill






Walk 3 – The Fife Coastal Path from North Queensferry to Aberdour





Walk 4 – Venlaw, Peebles