Last year, when I created a reading challenge to guide me, I was excited about sharing it with the world and I had hope to crush it.
Few people joined the reading challenge, they all dropped out after a while. I was going to be discouraged but at the end of the day, I created this thing for the sole purpose of reading more and being intentional.
I read 70% of the books on the reading challenge list but still read over 52 books in 2018. 2018 was a good reading year for me.
Towards the end of 2018, I announced on my Instagram page that I had plans to read books from 30 African countries, yes, I meant that. I also went ahead to create a list of the countries I planned to read from in 2019.
Actually, the goal is to read from ALL the countries in Africa but I couldn’t put that kind of pressure on myself especially in my final year in the university. I had to break it down into two years, hopefully by the grace of God.
If it goes well this year, I’ll pick up from where I stop in the following year.
I’m quite passionate about Africa, our stories, our experiences. I was going to make a list of my top African reads and I realized there were so many Nigerian books there. I really hadn’t read wide. This got me interested and made me decide to read books across Africa.
I want to learn more about the continent, I understand that reading a book from a country is no way telling the story of every member of the country or being representative but at the end of the day, it tells a story. I picked these countries based on the first 30 countries alphabetically.
My greatest challenge for this 2019 reading challenge has been accessibility to some of these books especially in non-English speaking African countries and cost of shipping. I wrote to a publisher once about my goal and the response was encouraging, they also promised to send me a book. I am not saying it’s going to be easy but I know it will be worth it. Of course, there are some books available in Nigeria but there are so many others that are not readily available.
By God’s grace, I hope to properly start in March, this will give me time to research and get these books before then. I really want this to work and I know it requires a lot of intentionality and discipline.
The general 2019 reading challenge goal still remains reading 52 books which 30 will be from the selected African countries. So, apart from the 30 African countries, there are still other prompts. The beginning of the year is dedicated to reading mostly books I already own or books sent to me for review. I can’t continue acquiring without reading these books.
My watch word while doing 2019 reading challenge is ‘Keep The Enthusiasm’.
You can download the Prompt for 2019 reading challenge here.