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Reading Challenge: January Update


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I have shared with everyone the reading challenge I am undertaking this year. Why I felt the desire to share with everyone here was a dual reasoning of how I help to keep my mind stimulated when all else (my body) fails, the other is that I find a lot of personal inspiration for both how others live their lives and how I could better understand my own. Having said this I am even trying to verbalise my perception on what effect fiction and some text-based non-fiction has on the mental and psychological processes of the individual and thus why reading can be beneficial for everyone, particularly those who feel they are having difficulties.

Why do I feel this is important? Well, that too I am working on, but for now it is needless to say that I do feel it is important.

Last year when everything was said and done I summarised my book selection with three words to describe each. I don’t want to lug readers down at the end of the year, since this years challenge appears to have a mighty load attached and to be honest if it was me I would just put it down as TL;DR (Too long; Didn’t read).

This year to prove I am trying and I am on track I will keep monthly updates so you know how pressed I am at times and how hard I am working. A cute fellow reminded me recently of some wise words Stephen King advised of writers in his book ‘On Writing’ in which it is suggested a good writer should read for 4-6 hours a day! Now I joke about being a Lady of Leisure, but even I like to take breaks and do other things than reading and writing. Some people (most in fact) will have jobs, families, commitments that prevent this from happening. I’ve tried my darndest to slot my university textbooks in wherever I can since, well, it just cuts down the amount of books I will have to juggle.

This all leads to my main point and that is to share what I have read for the first month of 2015.


Again I will share the challenge, this time with an update. Below the image you will see the texts I have completed and the single most poignant thought I took away from it (in one sentence).

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1: A book with more than 500 pagesEducational Psychology for Learning and Teaching by Sue Duchesne et al

The behaviour of the child student and consequent learning style is influenced by so many factors that no two children will learn the same and each will have their own needs which need to be identified and met.

2: A non-fiction book – Teaching and Learning in Aboriginal Education by Neil Harrison

A teacher needs to be committed to be wholly involved in the community and tactile in their education style with Indigenous students, appreciating both the culture and history

3: A book from your childhood – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Children are curious and have a strong need to learn by doing and this shouldn’t be considered immaturity or irresponsibility rather intelligence

4: A book with magic – Silverthorn by Raymond E. Feist

Love with your heart by think with your head

5: A book set during Christmas – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Giving and sharing yourself and your possessions with others will bring more joy than hiding away and building walls.


I have actually gone through and planned ahead for the next few months but I need, and am hoping for some advice on the following challenges:

A book written by someone under 30

A book written by someone with the same initials as me (JF)

A book with antonyms in the title

A book set in the future

A banned book

A book with bad reviews

If anyone can suggest titles I have friends at bookshops who will help trace them down. I’m going to make it folks, I pinky swear!


Author: Chevron Spots

I am in my mid twenties and fighting my battles to discover who I am and where I fit in to this zany, beautiful world. I was diagnosed with Lupus in in 2008. This takes up most of my focus, as I want to share the experience of trying to live with and rise above chronic invisible illness, so to speak. I would like to stress very much the information regarding medications, medical procedures and illnesses are discussed from my point of view, and with my understanding, colloquialisms and metaphors. I do not attempt to be legally and precisely accurate for the general population, rather I try to be emotionally and descriptively true to my experiences. I hope I can help in understanding others with chronic illness by providing one more personal recount of just how spontaneous and difficult these lives really are. One day I hope to visit every continent, climb some pretty high mountains, sleep in an ice cavern, marry a wonderfully understanding man, have children and teach more children. Mostly, I just want a simple life, you know the house with a husband and kids. Oh, and no pain.

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