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Guest: A Challenge Newbie!

February 21, 2021 in Books, Guest, Movies

A guest post from Melissa, an artist, illustrator, and maker from Michigan! Visit her portfolio at www.melissadettloff.com (pssst don’t miss her blog) and say hello on Twitter @melissadettloff. Thanks Melissa!

Melissa's portolio

Melissa’s portolio

This is my first year participating in fiftyfifty.me! For the last four years I’ve kept track of what I read and want to read on my Goodreads, and when I got an email from Goodreads noting the pathetic number of books I read in 2013, I decided to commit to reading fifty books this year. And watching fifty movies, though admittedly I’m way more interested in the book part than the movie part.

My goal is to read at least four books a month. I’m not following a theme or a list, but reading whatever I’m in the mood for, whatever I’m interested in knowing more about, and books recommended by friends. My to-read list is usually pretty long, so I’m not too worried about running out of potential things to read.

It’s the second week of February and I’m on my eleventh book : Gulp by Mary Roach. A friend told me about this one and it sounded really interesting. This year I’ve also read a couple of career guidance books (including the famed What Color Is Your Parachute? one), McSweeney’s Quarterly Concerns #43 and #44, and some art/illustrated books (Cola Madnes by Gary Panter, My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt, and Find & Keep by Beci Orpin). A friend recommended The Circle by Dave Eggers and I read that.

I’ve been keeping track of my books-read in a notebook, and writing down whatever comes to mind after finishing the book and reflecting on what stood out about it. I wrote 2.5 pages of notes about The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell.

Yesterday I watched my sixth movie of the year, Alfred Hitchcock’s silent comedy film Champagne, which was recently restored and was playing at the Detroit Film Theater with a live piano player. Lest you think I am a fancy film person, the night before that, I watched Predator 2 (and I know according to fiftyfifty.me rules I can’t count all of the Mystery Science Theater 3000s I watch for the hundredth time).

Though some of what I’ve read so far is on the lighter side, I am definitely reading (and watching) more than I normally would thanks to the fiftyfifty.me challenge. And I’m keeping track of it, digesting it, which feels important, too.