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30 Books In 30 Days Challenge // A Test of Will, Concentration and Consistency + Book Recs!

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Hey Reader 🙂 If you are new to my blog then you probably are not aware that I love reading challenges as seen with my recent, Victober  and Gilmorethon challenges. Each year I map out the challenges I want to do and then prepare for them. For the last 2 years I have been toying with the idea of doing the 30 books in 30 days challenge and one thing or another always made me not go ahead. This year I finally did it.

As the challenge says, you read 30 books in 30 days. How I interpreted this is, I don’t need to necessarily read and finish a book every single day, the goal is to read 30 books at the end so how I do it is up to me.

Three things actually made me finally do the challenge:

  • My April wrap up. I ended up reading 27 books without realising it, which is the highest  number of books I have ever read in a month. After this, 30 books seemed doable.
  • Olivia of Olivia’s Catastrophe. Seeing her do the challenge and her progress encouraged me.
  • Having time. With being home and significantly having less to do, I saw this as an opportune time. so why not?

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My Experience…

I started my challenge on April 25th,2020 which would run all the way until the 24th of May, 2020. Reader, I was psyched! I even made a nice habit tracker in my reading journal. Day one had me saying “I got this!!” – spoiler, I didn’t.

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Between those days I read 26 books and it was a struggle as much as it was fun. There were days I had to push myself to read because I really wanted to complete the challenge. You know that sense of achievement? I wanted it, badly. This led me to deviate from my tbr which largely has big, longer books and classics, in favor of shorter books and novellas. I kinda felt bad about this. By book 26 I was exhausted and decided to ‘rest’ because at this point I was forcing myself to read and it wasn’t enjoyable at all. I had about 5 days left and during that time I read nothing at all and honestly it was so freeing and the best decision.

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Lessons Learnt…

  • Reading fatigue is real. Even after the 30 days were over, I found it hard to pick up a book. I was in a kind of rut/slump and barely read anything. Definitely not a good thing.
  • I don’t like reading restrictions. I read the same amount of books in April as I did in May but one felt like a chore and the other was fun.
  • The challenge pushed me to my reading limits and it was an experience I don’t regret, but I am never doing it again.

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Book Recommendations!

Like I mentioned I read 26 books, some really great while some not so much. I want to share the 9 that I absolutely loved and highly recommend.

  • The Confession by John Grisham
  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  • North And South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Island Of Sea Women by Lisa See
  • A Cat, A Man, and Two Women by Junichiro Tanizaki
  • The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
  • Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue.

If you pick any of these up, let me know what you think of them. Happy reading!

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Have you done the 30 books in 30 days challenge before? If yes, how was your experience? If no, is it something you would do?

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