Take the Read a Book in 10 Minutes a Day Challenge

So many moms say that one of the things they miss about life before the chaos of parenthood was having time to read. The thought of having enough time to actually build any momentum is too daunting. And being able to stay awake for more than a page or two? Not gonna happen. Who needs Ambien when there’s a book on my nightstand?

But in the spirit of “Can I really make any progress in 10 minutes a day?”, I invite you to join me in the “I Swear I’ll Read a Book in March If It Kills Me” Club. I’ve found 10 books – current bestsellers and classics; fiction and non-fiction – that are under 300 pages. If you read a page a minute (which I don’t, I’m slower), you can finish in a month – 10 pages a day for 31 days – you even get one day off!

Pick one of these books or another…


  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald (177 pages)
  • Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf (216 pages)
  • The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne (228 pages)
  • The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger (277 pages)
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain, by James Baldwin (240 pages)

On this week’s New York Times bestseller list:

  • Silver Linings Playbook, by Matthew Quick (302 pages – maybe two of the pages are short!)
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers, by Katherine Boo (288 pages)
  • Tenth of December, by George Saunders (272 pages)
  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, by Ayana Mathis (256 pages)
  • Ten Years Later, by Hoda Kotb with Jane Lorenzini (240 pages)

And here are a couple of links to online lists of books under 300 pages:

But wait, there’s more…

At the end of March, 10 readers who take the challenge will be chosen at random to receive a Give Me 10 countdown timer. And I might say it’s pretty handy and cute – easy to carry around to time anything, with an alarm clock, calendar and thermometer on it, too.

There are only two requests to qualify:

  • Register your goal (“Read a Book in 10 Minutes a Day”) under “My Goals” (above)
  • Share the book title you pick as a comment at the end of this post or on Facebook

For extra credit (not required to qualify), I’d love it if you “like” the Give Me 10 Facebook page and share your updates there and/or here – when and where you find time to read, what you like (or don’t) about your book, etc.

I hope you will seize the challenge with me! 

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