Reading Challenges

Challenge | One Week Reading Before Bed


So, the first half of may has been a reading mess. I only read 22 pages on May first and it is now May 10th and another page has not been read. Then I came across an old video of Ariel Bissett’s called “i tried reading before every day for a week’ and I was inspired to give it a go and maybe jumpstart my reading again.

The Video

Reading Journal May 10th-May 16th, 2020

5/10: 25 pages of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

5/11: 344 pages of Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

5/12: 41 pages of Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

5/13: 30 pages of Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

5/14: 20 pages of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

5/15: 15 pages of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

5/16: 22 pages of mystery book


So,  there are a few things I noticed throughout this process. First, I got back into the habit of reading and enjoying it. The main point of this was to help with me get back into reading. Like I said in the intro, this challenge came into being because I went a long time without reading that was not the cause of a slump. Well, I am happy to report I am reading constantly again. Plus, I wasn’t even feeling forced or pushed into reading, which I was a bit worried about if I am honest.

The second thing I noticed is I found I wanted to read at other points of the day as the challenge continued. At the start I didn’t have the urge to read throughout the day. But, since I was getting back into the habit and as I got closer to the end of this challenge, I would want to read in the afternoon and had to hold off. I feel like scheduling time to read or restricting when I can read, doesn’t fully work for me. Apparently my mood reading isn’t just restricted to what I want to read.

I think I am going to continue to make reading part of my nighttime routine. I enjoyed how relaxing and calming it was. Overall, I really had fun giving this a go. I love reading challenges and I would like to do more in the future. But, I think this one will have a bit of a lasting impression on me. I just need to make sure my nighttime reading is away from a screen and not read too late into the night.

Do you have a consistent reading habit?

Do you normally read a particular time of day

Sign Off 2020

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25 thoughts on “Challenge | One Week Reading Before Bed

  1. I’m so glad to hear this helped you! I try to do the same thing, and often, reading a chapter before bed is all I can manage, but it’s still reading! Good for you and good luck on continuing this challenge!! 🥳

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      1. That’s a good idea. My reading speed varies a lot of the time depending on what I am reading. Non-fiction and historical fiction I read slower than fantasy and thrillers.


  2. I always read before going to bed, I feel like it is good for my body to relax before bed (at this time I turn of my phone, so I’m not looking at a screen anymore!) I think it is my favourite time of the day ahah!


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  3. I always read before bed because it helps my mind to relax and calm down so that I’m ready to sleep properly, which I’m not able to do if I spent that time scrolling through Twitter. The only thing I don’t like about it, however, is that if I’m really tired by the time I go to bed, I can’t focus on the book properly and will put it down before I finish a chapter, which I hate doing.

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  4. I’m a big routine person so I love to read before bed. I used to want to read in the morning too but I didn’t like having to have a hard stop with my reading before work. I hope this continues to work for you!

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  5. I always try to read before bed, although sometimes I’m so tired I fall asleep after a couple of pages! There’s something very soothing about it though and it always makes me feel better at the end of the day. I do have to be careful not to read anything to exciting – otherwise I can’t stop reading and I’m far too tired the next day!

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