You say “ancient history” like it’s a bad thing.

Take one look at my 25 in 25 book list, and you’d think I’m making terrible progress. And you’d be right.

Sort of.

The truth is, I have been reading books. Honest. They just haven’t been “for fun.” Which isn’t to say that I haven’t enjoyed them. I’ve enjoyed (some of) them, but since I didn’t choose them myself, I just can’t put them on the list.

For the past two years, I have taught a literature class to middle schoolers at a local homeschool co-op. Each year, we study a different time period in history, so our books take place during that era as well. 2010-11 was the final year in our four-year cycle, so we were studying the year 19oo to the present (more like 1950). Easy. This year, we went back to the beginning – as in, the Genesis 1:1 beginning – and are ending up in the earliest stages of the church. Not as easy.

Making the transition from the 1950s to 6000 B.C. was a little tricky. To be honest, I had hardly any background knowledge on the topic heading into this year. And I’m the teacher. So, needless to say, we all learned a lot from the books, not so much from me. And that was okay.
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25 in 25

Last spring, I bought about two dozen books at various library book sales. Since last spring, I’ve read exactly 1 1/2 of them. I’ve read several other books in that time, but I have to admit that most of those were books I had to teach for my literature class… ones I was forced to read.

This is not acceptable.

Poor book sale books. So pretty on the shelf but collecting dust for the past year.

Believe it or not, I used to love reading. I’d read every night before bed and for hours during the day. I wasn’t necessarily as much of a bookworm as others I know, but it was something I enjoyed.

Then college happened. There was just too much going on, too much to do – both for classes and for fun – and reading just didn’t happen. The only times I remember reading simply for enjoyment while in college were during the summer, and most of those when I was on vacation with no internet or TV.

It bears repeating. This is not acceptable.

So when I turned 25 two weeks ago, I created a little challenge for myself. Read 25 books, for fun, while I’m 25 years old. For many people, this would not be a challenge. But since I’m no longer a devour-er of books, this seems like a decent number to shoot for. Plus, “30 in 25” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

If you want to keep track with me, click the “25 of 25” tab on the menu bar. I also have a list for movies, which may seem a little counter-productive… but that list will go away if the book thing just isn’t happening. I promise!

Maybe blogging about this will help me stick with it, especially on those days when Pinterest and Facebook seem more fun (today is one of those days). Maybe YOU can help me too, by recommending books and yelling at me when you see I’m slacking off. Really let me have it.

If you’re also a would-be reader who has succumbed to the allure of everything-but-books, create your own challenge! Even you in the how-on-earth-do-you-find-time-to-read-that-much category can join the fun. Try to read 50 books in a year or something nutty like that, then share your list with me! I’d love to have some sweet discussions and make this more of a community activity.

With all that said… any recommendations??