This year I've had a challenge just getting in as much reading as I would like, much less reading all the books I had planned to read for challenges. Sometimes I wonder why this is, sometimes I have to admit to myself it's probably due to all the working out and my husband wanting me to watch tv with him in the evenings. While I miss reading like I used to, I also know that I enjoy working out and darn it if there aren't some good shows on TV this time around (American Horror Story anybody?). Recently, since July, I've also been suffering from insomnia and while you would think this means a lot of reading time, it doesn't. While I can sometimes get in some reading early in the AM, I'm in such a fog at night that I manage only about 5 pages (if I'm lucky) before falling asleep.
I've made the decision to stop working on most of the challenges I haven't completed yet this year. This is a hard decision for me as I hate to "give-up" on something but I know it's for the best. I just won't have time to read everything. The one challenge I really didn't do well on this year and I'm disappointed with is the War Through the generations: Civil War Challenge. I had hoped to read a lot of books for it this year and I've managed one. While I won't get a chance to complete it this year, I'm still planning to read the books for it through next year. I've been watching a lot of shows on The History Channel about the Civil War and reading magazine articles and articles online. I love it. I just haven't managed to read many books.
Looking forward at next year I've made the decision to join up to only 3 challenges. I doubt I'll even join that many. I know my reading is going to get even worse next year. Not only will I still be focusing on working out and probably hanging with the husband, I also have another and more important reason. I'm happy to share the news and let you know that I'm pregnant. Husband and I have been trying for awhile and dealing with infertility. I don't want to bore you with all the details but as you can imagine we are incredibly happy. Sometimes I think how much I'll miss being able to read as much and connect with my blogging friends but then I think about why and I'm ok with that. I'm going to try and remain as active as I can between now and when I'm due. I'm also going to try and not go crazy with the challenges. I have to remind myself that I won't get to read much so I need to not commit myself to certain books. Till then, let's see how well I can do getting in some quality reading time before my life turns upside down, but for a good reason.