I vowed to read 50 books and watch 50 movies in 2012 as part of the international Fifty Fifty Me Challenge.
Last year I read a book a week, which forced me to read at a quicker pace, but I prefer having several books going at once. Without a doubt, the “fifty” goal has been more enjoyable for me despite the slower pace it allows.
STATS AS OF JUNE 6th
People often ask me how I find the time for the Fifty Fifty Me Challenge. Let me finally put that question to rest.
HOW I FIND THE TIME TO READ
I read before I go to bed. No matter how exhausted I am, I simply cannot fall asleep without reading. I don’t say this with any pride. I wish I could fall asleep easily, but since I can’t, I make use of the time. Also, my husband and I don’t have a television in our bedroom so when I’m wide awake, I read. There’s no magic here. I don’t sleep enough, that’s all. I wouldn’t exactly recommend this regimen, especially if you have a 7-month old baby who still wakes up once a night.
HOW I FIND THE TIME TO WATCH MOVIES
Of the 20 movies I’ve watched, I saw only 3 in the theater. The rest were movies I recorded on TiVo, which I watched in small sections while I cooked, cleaned the kitchen, or exercised on my recumbent bike in the basement. I also eliminated a good chunk of the season passes on my TiVo, finally walking away from Gossip Girl, 90210, and a few other shows. Unfortunately, with my Downton Abbey obsession a few months ago and the new season of Mad Men, I haven’t seen any movies lately.
I think I’ll meet my reading goal because I have so many books on my to-be-read list. The only way to relieve the anxiety I feel when I see that list of samples on my Kindle or the stack next to my bed is to keep reading. The movie goal, however, I can’t imagine reaching. I’m okay with that. In fact, if I DO watch 50 movies this year I might need to reevaluate how I’m spending my precious spare time.
BOOK HIGHLIGHTS SO FAR
Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott
For my brief reviews of all 19 books, look here.
MOVIE HIGHLIGHTS SO FAR
Hunger Games (Duh)
Groundhog Day (Yes, I really had not seen it before.)
For my brief reviews of the 20 movies, look here.
What are the rest of you reading and watching? Anything I must add before the end of the year?
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