30 day reading challenge

One of the ideas I had for this year was ‘a year of 30 day challenges’ but I never had the time. Until now.

Until the end of the year, I will bringing you a monthly challenge aimed to help you grow as a person covering fitness, wellness, relationships even random acts of kindness. The challenges won’t be “daily” forcing you to do specific things each day because I know that’s unattainable – I don’t even know what my schedule for the month looks like, let alone yours!

Each challenge will vary slightly depending on the theme and if it needs more structure but for the first month I wanted to choose something straight forward so I went with my favourite way to practice self care – reading.

The 30 day reading challenge

This April, I challenge you to read for at least 10 minutes every day.

It can be anything: newspaper, magazine, novel, poems, whatever speaks to you. Just make sure you’re reading for 10 minutes every day with ZERO distractions. Put your phone in airplane mood and just read – try not to set a timer either as it will pull your out of the relaxation. If you want to track your time, use the stopwatch on your phone instead.

I encourage you to find new places and ways to work reading into your routine.

Have a long commute? Why not read instead of scrolling through Instagram.

Sunny afternoon? Take your lunch and book to the park and get some fresh air while you read.

Stressful day at work? Unwind in a bubble bath with your book – wine almost always necessary.

Mix it up.

What I’ll be reading this month

I’m very excited to start a new book and it’s “fingers crossed” being delivered this week, so it’s perfect: Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Carolina Criado Perez. A co-worker told me about the book after hearing the author on the radio and it sounds so incredibly interesting, I’m really looking forward to it.

Quick overview: “Invisible Women shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. It exposes the gender data gap – a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women’s lives.

From government policy and medical research, to technology, workplaces, urban planning and the media, Invisible Women reveals the biased data that excludes women.”


Let me know what you think of monthly challenges and what you’ll be reading this month below.

About the author
Staci West is an obsessive compulsive traveller who is currently dealing with a chronic case of coffee addicition. Symptoms include blackouts from online shopping sessions, a ferocious passion for everything colourful and energy levels that exceed a normal human capacity. On the advice of her carer and companion, Kendall her yellow labrador, she created L&L, a down to Earth lifestyle blog, as a distraction for her pathological need for shoes.

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