As far as I remember, I always loved books. My positive relationship with them has always been lovingly supported by my parents and especially my dad who is a great reader as well.
When I was younger, I was able to stay in bed reading all day living only on sunlight, tea and green apples (literally, I vividly remember those days!). I was the kid who was allowed to borrow a lot more books over the library official limit because they knew how much I loved reading.
But then… adulthood happened and it hit me hard and unprepared which led to reading only two (TWO!!!) books in 2018.
2018 went so fast I didn’t even realize I wasn’t reading but when I eventually did, I was shocked! How could I let this happen and – what’s more important – how could I not notice during the whole year?!
That’s why I decided to start my Candy Grant Reading Challenge last year (back on my Slovak blog). And I was sooo happy when people joined me and shared the books they were reading with my Instagram hashtag #CandyGrantChallenge ♥.
In 2019 I set a (little unrealistic) reading goal as I wanted to read all of the unread books in my collection. However, I was able to finish only 13 books out of 64 that I set as a goal. During that year I tried not to buy any new books which is something I did not achieve (at all!), yet I don’t regret any of these ”fails” because I was still moving forward in some way.
This year I set a new (equally unrealistic) goal and you can find my complete reading list down below. Some of the titles are originally in Slovak or Czech so I tried to translate them and I did the best I could. Honestly, I’m pretty proud of myself for that I don’t even care which language I read in anymore as long as I understand, which means I read in Slovak, Czech and English language and I enjoy all of them.
But anyway, there’s over 60 unread books left in my collection that I’d like to finish this year. So it means some new Candy Grant Challenge sheets filled with the names of authors and the titles from my shelves.
So, here’s the question – will you join me? No matter how many books you want to read this year. It can be five or ninety-five, the main point is to read. Set your goal, read at your own pace, do your best but don’t put too much pressure on yourself. And I will be really happy if you’d join and tag your steps with #CandyGrantChallenge on Instagram.
My 2020 reading list
1. Dita Von Teese: Your Beauty Mark
2. Steve Weinberg: To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science
3. W. M. Thackeray: Vanity Fair
4. Mitch Winehouse: Amy, My Daughter
5. Sarah Gruen: Water For Elephants
6. Coleen McCollough: The Thorn Birds
7. Lisa Chaney: Chanel – An Intimate Life
8. Július Satinský: Letters to Olga
9. Ryan Holiday: The Daily Stoic
10. Jordan Belfort: Wolf of Wall Street
11. P. O. Hviezdoslav: My Dear Wife
12. Zoe Sugg: Cordially Invited
13. Aimee Songe: Capture Your Style
14. Lauren Weisberger: The Devil Wears Prada
15. Lauren Weisberger: Everyone Worth Knowing
16. Lauren Weisberger: Chasing Harry Winston
17. E. A. Poe: Pit and the Pendulum
18. Marie Kondo: The Life‑Changing Magic of Tidying Up
19. Marie Kondo: Spark Joy
20. Ann Brashares: The Sisterhood of The Travelling Pants I-IV
21. Cameron Diaz: The Body Book
22. Cameron Diaz: The Longevity Book
23. Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita
24. J.R.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of The Rings I-III
25. Elena Ferrante: The Neapolitan Novels I-III
26. Garance Doré: Love x Style x Life
27. Sophia Amorouso: Girl Boss
28. Lída Baarová, Josef Škvorecký: The Escapes
29. Stanislav Motl: Lída Baarová & Joseph Goebbels
30. Ondřej Suchý: What Did Adina Mandlová Laugh At
31. Jaro Slávik: It’s Not About The Talent
32. Elizabeth Gilbert: Eat, Pray, Love
33. Alan Alda: Never Have Your Dog Stuffed
34. Rosie Harris: The Power of Dreams
35. Margaret Cezair-Thompson: Pirate’s Daughter
36. Laurie Graham: The Unfortunates
37. Patricia Gaffney: The Saving Graces
38. Tilly Bagshawe: Fame
39. Lisa Eldridge: Face Paint
40. Everett True: Nirvana – The True Story
41. L. M. Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables
42. J. K. Rowling: Fantastic Beasts
43. Julia Williams: It’s a Wonderful Life
44. Sophie Kinsella: Confession of a Shopaholic
45. Jane Elizabeth Varley: Wives and Lovers
46. Malcolm Gladwell: David and Goliath
47. Malcolm Gladwell: The Tipping Point
48. Malcolm Gladwell: What The Dog Saw
49. Zoe Sugg: Girl Online I-III
50. Nikoleta Vujisičová: Uninstantly Beautiful
51. Robert Kyiosaki: Second Chance
52. Jozef Banáš: Štefánik
53. Michelle Obama: Becoming
So if I’m counting right (because we all know how good I am with numbers… count it yourself again, just to be sure!), this year I want to read 63 books! Wow, that is an unimaginable number! Again!!
Honestly, I’m a little bit afraid I won’t be able to real all these books and that I will lose my motivation.
But whatever happens, I HAVE TO lessen the list of my unread books. I really feel so sorry for all these guys waiting for their time to come while I still bring new ones all the time. And I also know there are some pieces I don’t want to keep after reading but I don’t want to get rid of them until I read them either, if that makes sense. Do you know what I mean? So… yeah. Wish me luck and I hope you will join the challenge too.