Erin’s 2013 reading challenge – the final chapter

BOOK Christmas Tree SmallerSo it’s December.  There are many great things about this month – Christmas parties, presents, trees, family, friends, baked goods, snow! – however it also means the last few weeks of my 2013 Reading Challenge. Those of you who have followed my challenge (in my quarterly posts here, here and here) will know that I struggled throughout the year – never really being on target.

Well I think now is the time to admit outright FAILURE. My goal was to read 45 books, including 25 specific books that I already owned. The 45 books also included the 12 UBC picks.

So how did I do? To date, I’ve read 39 books in total – so giving myself another 2-3 this month, I will hit 42 (maybe), which isn’t too bad. But, out of the 25 specific books, I only read 19. I struggled with a few monster books (over 800 pages) and with a few classics that just couldn’t hold my interest. I also did not read two of the UBC book picks… for shame!


Now I could come up with a laundry list of reasons and excuses for why I missed my target:

  • I sold my condo and bought a new house = hours of packing and unpacking;
  • I am pregnant, which comes with a whole list of difficulties on its own when it comes to reading – as I discussed in this post;
  • With my move came a significantly reduced bus ride to and from work – which is great, but means I have an hour less reading time each day.

In the end, though, I feel that the excuses don’t matter – I still didn’t succeed. But you know what? I did come close. I feel like in the end what matters is that I challenged myself and read many great books. Though I may just be saying this because I failed!

I enjoyed having a goal and working towards it. Perhaps I will set a more reasonable goal next year since I will have an infant! Do children’s books count? Because if they do I am sure I will hit it out of the park in 2014!

So what were my favorites this year? You will have to wait for my favorite books of 2013 post in the New Year!


About Erin Hopkin

I am a graduate of Carleton University with a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management, with a specialization in International Studies (yes that may be the longest undergraduate degree title ever). Essentially it means I was trained to work in international policy making for the government – but that is not where I ended up. I actually work writing proposals and winning lots of business for a facility project management firm. I have always been a reader; however, my book choices have changed over the years. In university I read a lot of fantasy or books with happy endings because I was studying political science and international relations – often there are no happy resolutions to those conflicts. I now read more contemporary fiction novels with some classics, non-fiction, political and YA (a guilty pleasure) thrown in. I was drawn to the Unputdownable Book Club by my love of reading, wine and food and I am never disappointed!
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2 Responses to Erin’s 2013 reading challenge – the final chapter

  1. Lovely pregnant lady, You are on the cusp of immortality. May your progeny save the world from the utter chaos that portends from the lips of every scientist of whatever discipline. Prove them all wrong and birth a new breed. Love, Milos W. B. Dobroslavic,


  2. Pingback: Erin’s 2014 reading challenge | The "Unputdownable" Book Club

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