1/12 in 2016 – #2017 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

1/12 ? What’s that?


Do you remember a childhood story called ‘ 7 in one blow’ ?

If I recollect correctly, this was the Grimm’s fairy tale of a tailor  who boasted that he could swat 7 at one blow! No one knew that he was referring to flies rather than men and ultimately the tailor married a princess. 

I very foolishly agreed to read 12 books in ONE YEAR or 1 in 12 months.

2016 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

Last year I had signed up for Corinne’s Reading Challenge but by the middle of  March I’d already given up. And pray what had I pledged to read? A mere 12 books a year or one book a month. That seems easy enough.

I think I may have managed reading more( which  is a real shame for a self avowed book lover and former book worm) but as I write this post I can only remember reading about half a dozen……..

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This is a sheer disgrace considering the humongous amounts read by other busy bloggers like Corinne, Inderpreet Uppal, Lata and Shanaya just to name a few.
But these are just the ones I remember reading. I’m sure there were many, many more. Especially when I confess that I’ve read out stories to my grandchildren all year long.

2017 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

I seem to be a glutton for punishment . Why would I sign up for a challenge that I barely managed to keep last year?

Call me dumb or plain stupid.

The truth is, I’m always up for a challenge . And the more impossible it seems, the more determined I am to join it.


This year, I, Bellybytes, do solemnly pledge to read 24 books this year.

I will make it a point to not only read the book but also do a review so as to maintain a record.

These book reviews will also include those books I’ve read as a reviewer for Blogadda.

And for all of you who are up for  this challenge do sign up at Corinne’s EverydayGyaan.


You do not have to be a blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2017 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.


Getting My Heart Rate Up: read 1–5 more books (or 250–1,499 more pages)
Out of Breath: read 6–10 more books (or 1,500–2,749 more pages)
Breaking a Sweat: read 11–15 more books (or 2,750–3,999 more pages)
I’m on Fire!: read 16+ more books (or 4,000+ more pages)

Happy reading and Happy New Year !

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A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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7 Responses

  1. Maliny Mohan says:

    Wishing you the very best for this challenge! You definitely can read 24 books a year. Keep up the spirit 🙂
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  2. Shalini says:

    Oh, I understand.. But you had so many things going in 2016. Good that you are determined to do it this year. Good luck with the challenge 🙂
    I decided to read 52, one book a week. I will be marking my updates on Goodreads and I think I should join Corinne’s challenge as well.
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    • Bellybytes says:

      Wow ! You really are a glutton for punishment . Or you are a superwoman . Or you are supremely optimistic. With all that you are doing it is amazing that you can even think of reading a book a week . But knowing you, I’m sure you’ll do it . So happy reading ! I will follow your updates and may be get inspired to read the books you have read ….

  3. Rajlakshmi says:

    It was this challenge that made me read more last year. Although I sneaked in some short novels as well 😀 24 is a great number. I wish you good luck in completing the challenge this year.
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