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November and December Challenge Update

In November, I challenged myself to read for an hour every day. I also continued my long-term challenge of using things up. So, how did I get on?

Reading every day

I managed to read for an hour nearly every day. Very often, I read for more than an hour because I carried on and finished the chapter after my timer went off, or simply decided to read more. There were two days where I only managed to read for about half an hour, and one day where I didn’t read at all. On all of these occasions, I caught up by reading more during the following days.

How many books did I read?

I finished off one book, then read two more complete books, and almost finished another one. So in total I read just under 4 books this month. This may not seem like many books considering I read for an hour each day. The reason is that I have been reading the Harry Potter series, and some of the books are quite long! I just finished reading book 4 (The Goblet of Fire), which took me two weeks.

Three of the books I read during November:

Reading has been a great way for me to relax and escape at the end of the day. I have really looked forward to my reading time each day, and I think it has been good for my mental health. I feel as though reading is an ingrained part of my daily routine now, and I have built up the necessary momentum to keep reading on a regular basis. 

One of the reasons I chose to do this reading challenge is that I own a lot of physical books that I have been meaning to read for a long time. I wanted to get through some of these so that I could then give them away and create space. Out of the 4 books I read this month, only one of them fell into this category. One other was an e-book, and the other two were Harry Potter books, which belong to my family and I have no intention of giving them away. When I have finished reading the Harry Potter series, I plan to get onto reading more of the physical books that I own personally. 

Book reviews

You can read reviews of two of the books I read this month here:

Using things up

Since June, I have been systematically using up products and items that I have owned for years and never got round to using. These are things that I wouldn’t necessarily buy again, but I don’t want to waste them. They include cosmetic products, stationary, magazines, teabags and craft sets. I keep a pile of such things on a chair in my bedroom. Every day I make sure I use three of them.

I succeeded in using three products each day in November. Most of the items remaining in my pile take many uses before they are fully used up. This means that progress has been slow and very few things have been fully used up this month. But it is progress nonetheless!

My plan for December

In December, I simply plan to carry on with the same challenges. There are still lots of items that I want to use up, as well as lots of books I want to read, so it makes sense. I have really enjoyed doing lots of reading over the past month, so I am excited to carry this on!

I did think of adding another challenge for December, but I decided that 2 challenges was enough. The beginning of December is quite busy for me, but I will naturally catch up with other aspects of my life as I get less busy throughout the month. By the end of the December, I will have a clearer picture of where I want to focus my attention in January.

Have you set yourself any challenges this December?

Maybe you are taking part in Blogmas, or doing another Christmas challenge of some kind? Do you have any particular goals you are hoping to achieve this month? Let me know in the comments!

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November and December Challenge Update


  1. Great job with sticking to your challenge in November. Reading almost 4 books is a really good number, especially when dealing with a longer book. Good luck keeping up this momentum in December, though I’m sure you will do great!

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you so much!

  2. What a great challenge and you have done so well to read 4 books in a month! That is a great achievement! X

    1. Sophie Harriet says:

      Thank you!

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