5 Lessons From The Winter Reading Challenge 

I signed up for Megan‘s Winter Reading Challenge that ran from November to February. The challenge was to read 13 books. I read 10 that qualified – I actually read a few more books that had nothing to do with the challenge. Click on titles to link to my book reviews

  • 5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules. 41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush 276 pages 4 stars.Story of George H W Bush http://runwright.net
  • 10 points: Read a book written by an author who has published at least 10 books.  Have a Nice Guilt Trip by Lisa Scottoline 288 pages 3 starsHave A Nice Guilt Trip http://runwright.net
  • 10 points: Read a book with a food (not a drink!) in the title.  Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen 252 p. 3 stars. Anna Quindlen Still Life with Bread Crumbs http://ruwnright.net
  • 20 points: Read a “bookish book”: Prosperous Friends by Christine Schutt 256 pages, 4 starsProsperous Friends Review http://runwright.net
  • 25 points: Read a book from a genre you don’t usually read. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (Fantasy, Paranormal genre) 398 pages, 3 starsJodi Picoult Leaving Time http://runwright.net
  • 25 points: Read a book with a song lyric in the title.  Forever by Judy Blume (Song by Ben Harper) 209 pages 2 stars (I got info on songs and books here)
  • 10 points: Read a book of short stories. One More Thing by B.J. Novak 271 pages 4 stars one more thing http://runwright.net
  • 15 points: Read a book that was originally written in a language that is not your native language. One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. 5 stars. 412 pagesGabriel Garcia Marquez http://runwright.net
  • 30 points: Read two books with a different meal in each title
  1. Girls Guide to Love & Supper Clubs, Dana Bate 2.5 stars, 372 p. 
  2. The Sunday Brunch Diaries by Norma L. Jarrett 2 stars, 282 p.

Total Points: 150

Categories I didn’t complete at the end of the challenge

  • 15 points: Read the first book in a series that is new to you
  • 15 points: Read a book written by a local author
  • 20 points: Read a book with a direction in the title

And now for the 5 things I learned from participating in the reading challenge:

  1. I’ve always thought I preferred female writers but the books on the list with 4 or 5 stars were mostly written by men. Maybe I’m changing…
  2. My reading taste is getting more sophisticated. I still read some books that might not be worth my time but I read them more critically and I know what’s wrong with them and I find myself correcting their mistakes when I read. So they feel like research… which leads to lesson #3
  3. My talent might be in book editing. I love a great book but I also like picking apart a bad one… to a point. Some just don’t seem worth my time.
  4.  I prefer quality over quantity. Although the challenge required that the books be over 200 pages, I could have found some obscure books that fit the criteria and sped through. But I like to lose myself in a good book. Towards the end of the challenge, I thought about forgoing the 400+ pages of 100 Years for a shorter book and easier read that would allow me time to complete the challenge. But I’m glad I made the choice I did.
  5. Reading is still my all-time favorite indoor hobby. I love movies and internet stuff but give me a comfortable chair and a great book and I could sit for hours. Turns out I haven’t changed as much as I’d like to think.

Books http://runwright.netSo that’s what I learned about myself. Any revelations in your recent past? 

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. I saw you mention 100 Years of Solitude in another post. Was that a great read?

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    1. Run Wright says:

      It is an awesome read. I don’t give my 5 stars lightly 😊 I have a full review coming later.

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  2. taranpc says:

    I almost never read a book from end to end. I get so bored and want to trim the fat and soak out the fluff. Impatience I guess. I moved away from reading syfy and horror to books that would be found in the self-help/ inspirational section. And even then I tend to go for the audio version. I just love driving along and getting the book all in. I’m truly impressed that you got through all of these books. Which was your fave and why?

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Hands down 100 Years of Solitude. The story was so rich with meaning. It spoke about a theme I am genuinely interested in – generational curses and why we need to learn from our parents so we don’t make the same mistakes over and over. I started reading it years ago but I wasn’t in the right space to absorb it.


  3. Julia says:

    What a fun challenge! That’s so cool that you found some authors and books through it that you may not have read otherwise!

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  4. Run Wright says:

    Yes! I liked the idea of pushing through different genres and looking for books that fulfilled the requirements. I’m also doing the POPSUGAR year challenge mentioned here https://runwright.net/2015/01/07/now-that-mark-zuckerberg-made-reading-cool-again/


  5. If I am not reading a running related book I
    usually am drawn to a Hopeless romantic novel.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      I’m not mad at that. I stick to my genres sometimes too 😊


  6. i love to read as well!


  7. jeszaflik says:

    I book challenge sounds really cool!! i too love to read, i just find it hard to find the time. if only i could run and read at the same time! I am currently reading “Wild”

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    1. Run Wright says:

      ‘Wild’ is on my list too


  8. Kay R. says:

    Reading is one of my favourite hobbies too although I have never once done one of these challenges. Im more of a free spirit reader haha Love the books you choose though and I actually liked the prompts for this particular challenge!

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks. It was my first time participating in a reading challenge myself and it was the prompts that interested me. For lack of a better word, I thought they would be … Challenging 🙂


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