Hi all! Welcome back to my blog! Today I’m coming at you with a wrap up of sorts! I’ve decided to try and incorporate more challenge-style posts into my blogging schedule since you guys asked for that. So, this month (these may not be monthly btw, I’m not BooksandLala) I decided to sort of test the boundaries around my reading since I’m usually very much a chill reader, and just pick up a bok when I want to. I wanted to test myself a bit but also try and moderately track my reading habits!
So, I decided to read 100 pages a day in March! That being said, how could I know how stressful March was going to turn out?!
I thought about restricting my reading to only 100 pages a day but that would mean only reading 3100 pages all month, and sometimes I just want to keep reading if I’m really into a book. The whole point of the challenge is to motivate me to read regularly (or at all) or to remind me to read every day, not to police or restrict a page number each day.
All that being said, I plan my blog content pretty far in advance, so I did forget I had this planned for the month, but I remembered pretty quickly, so this isn’t wholly accurate, but it’s pretty damn close!
Here’s a look at my schedule to sort if explain why I thought this would still be a challenge but not too much of a “challenge” that it would stress me out beyond belief.
Monday – Uni & work – it’s a long day but I can still fit in 2-3+ hours of reading to and from Uni.
Tuesday – Uni – Again, 2-3+ hours of reading
Wednesday – Uni – more reading on the bus, but this time we’re doing half of it at 6 o’clock at night because that’s safe, thanks Uni.
Thursday – this is one of those “there’s time to get a few things done but you still have to go to work in the afternoon” days, so yeah not much reading gets done if in honest. Maybe a page or two on my phone before work but that’s about it.
Friday – Friday is pretty much reserved for baking, listening to audiobooks and dog sitting 2 dogs.
Saturday – Saturdays are usually audiobooks and blog prep
Sunday – I’m not much of a Sunday person because it just reminds me of how much I hate Mondays but I usually try and get a head start on my book.
- This, of course, changed towards the end of the month (around the 18th) because Uni went online and I no longer had a job by the end of the month.
- Nov 1 – I honestly forgot I was doing this challenge for the first two days so I tried to catch up with a few extra hundreds later on in the month.
- Nov 2 – Again, I forgot I was even doing this challenge but I managed to listen to 2 and a bit hours of The Mysteries of Udolpho which I’m reading for school, so I actually ended up reading 100 pages after all!
- Nov 3 – Artemis Fowl and The Eternity Code – listening on audio – 40% – roughly 200 pages
- Nov 4 – Artemis Fowl and The Eternity Code – audiobook – Finished, 60%
- Nov 5 – Captain Marvel Vol 2 (39 pages) – Harry Potter 2 (12 pages) – The Mysteries of Udolpho (roughly 60 pages)
- Nov 6 – The Mysteries of Udolpho – audiobook – 15% – 46% – roughly 260 pages
- Nov 7 – The Mysteries of Udolpho – audiobook – 46% – 63% – roughly 150 pages
- Nov 8 – The Mysteries of Udolpho – audiobook – 63% – 100% – roughly 300+ pages
- Nov 9 – Northanger Abbey – audiobook – 48% – roughly 120 pages
- Nov 10 – Northanger Abbey (roughly 120 pages)
- Nov 11 – When The Moon Was Ours (roughly 50 pages)
- Nov 12 –
- Nov 13 – I ended up DNFing When The Moon Was Ours and starting my buddy read of Into The Drowning Deep instead (roughly 85 pages)
- Nov 14 –
End of Week Two: 1,740 pages
- Nov 15 – Beyond The Highland Mist – 100% – Libby – 388 pages
- Nov 16 – Lady Audley’s Secret – Audiobook – Roughly 80-90 pages & 14% of In Bed With A Highlander (roughly 40 pages)
- Nov 17 – Lady Audley’s Secret – Audiobook – Finished, 400 pages & In Bed With A Highlander 45% (roughly 130 pages)
- Nov 18 – Artemis Fowl and The Time Paradox – 50% – , 240 pages & In Bed With A Highlander – Finished, 41%, roughly 115 pages
- Nov 19 – Harry Potter 2 – 2% – 12 pages
- Nov 20 –
- Nov 21 –
End of Week Three: 1,417 pages
- Nov 22 – Artemis Fowl and The Time Paradox – Finished – 240 pages & Geronimo Stilton Book 12 – 27 pages
- Nov 23 – The Turn of The Screw – 50% (roughly 136 pages)
- Nov 24 –
- Nov 25 – The Turn of The Screw – Finished – 136 pages
- Nov 26 –
- Nov 27 – Persuasion – 256 pages – Buddy read with Destiny
- Nov 28 –
End of Week Four: 795 pages
- Nov 29 –
- Nov 30 – The Red Pyramid – roughly 102 pages – Buddy read with Destiny
- Nov 31 – The Red Pyramid – roughly 102 pages – Buddy read with Destiny
WHAT I READ
- Artemis Fowl and The Lost Colony – 432 pages
- Captain Marvel Vol 2 – 39 pages
- Harry Potter 2 – 24 pages
- The Mysteries of Udolpho – 875 pages
- Northanger Abbey – 247 pages
- When The Moon Was Ours – 50 pages
- Beyond The Highland Mist – 388 pages
- Lady Audley’s Secret – 490 pages
- In Bed With A Highlander – 287 pages
- Artemis Fowl and The Time Paradox – 480 pages
- Geronimo Stilton: The Island of Dragons – 27 pages
- The Turn of The Screw – 272 pages
- Persuasion – 256 pages
- The Red Pyramid – 204 pages
Overall Monthly Page Count: 4156
- Jan 2020: 4,479 pages
- Feb 2020: 7,109 pages
- March 2020: 4,156
So, how did I go? Honestly, better than I thought I was going to! I’m not amazing at challenges but I am fantastic at procrastinating so I’m pretty impressed that I read most days, and on the days where I was dedicated to a book, I generally read more than 100 pages!
Most of the books I read were audiobooks but I did read some ebooks from the library as well as a comic, so I did reasonably well at reading different formats! Also, could you tell I was trying to get my school reads out of the way?
In terms of page count, I read the least this month, of any month so far this year. BUT, overall I read more this month than I would have restricted my reading to only read 100 pages a day. So, even though a few hundred pages less than I did in January, I’m still happy with that because I did start Uni this month and I definitely had a few disruptions in my life this month!
All in all, I missed a few days in this challenge but I still think I did a decent job of reading consistently because I pretty much read on all the same days! Honestly, I think it would be more of an experiment to do this challenge when I’m not also at school because then I’m not under any obligation to read for class and it will truly be a test of how much I really read of my own volition!