Fifty/Fifty Challenge 2012


I participated in the Fifty/Fifty Challenge for 2012. You’re supposed to watch 50 movies and read 50 books. I used Pinterest to keep track of it. I mostly forgot about it, though, until the end of the year, when I tried to remember all the books and movies I’d seen. Whoops! I looked at my piles of books and Goodreads and my Netflix history and mostly asked my husband what we saw. So it’s MOSTLY accurate, though I wouldn’t testify to its veracity in front of a jury of my peers.

We also watched a lot of TV shows and BBC stuff. My daughter forces us to watch a lot of Doctor Who, for example. Boy, there are a lot of plot holes in that show, and whenever I ask Eldest stuff like, “Why doesn’t he just use his Sonic Screwdriver on those alien collars?” she rolls her eyes and says, “Because it’s Doctor Who, Mother. Gosh.” It’s almost like they improv the script.

Anyway, I cannot say for certain whether or not I’ll be able to keep a list for 2013. I can barely remember to take out stuff to defrost for dinner.

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

One thought on “Fifty/Fifty Challenge 2012

  1. Margaret: I used to use a spreadsheet to keep track of the books I read, but now exclusively use GoodReads. They not only help me keep track of the books I’ve read, but also those I want to read in the future. Using them, I’ve been able to track myself while reading 50 books a year for the past 3 years—and can track which are my favorites for a Top10 list, or suggesting to my book clubs.

    Like you, any tool that can supplement my failing memory, or serve as an organizational tool is welcome in my household! Cheers!

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