I explained earlier this month that I decided to read more this year. I used to read extensively. Sometimes I would have three books in progress, but one or two was ideal. A few years after moving back to Georgia that habit fell away. I would try to read, but I often had difficulty finding the drive to keep going. Maybe the hard time I was having with work was a factor.
Whatever the cause, this bothered me. I am a thinker, and my independent reading has been vital to forming how I view the world. I knew I needed to get back into reading, and so this year I decided to try a Goodreads reading challenge.
I set a goal of ten books in my Goodreads reading challenge. I am getting back into the habit, and so I posted an easily attainable goal . . ., but I plan to exceed it. As I write this I have finished two books (well, actually closer to one and a half books because I started one late last year), and so I am ahead of schedule. What if I reach ten books by the end of June (which is possible at this rate)? Well, I might try to go for twenty by the end of the year.
I have noticed that trying the reading challenge has helped me regain momentum and drive to read. I now look forward to spending time just reading. That is great. I needed that. It feels good to make more productive use of my free time.
What is your reading goal this year? What kinds of books do you plan to read? If you use Goodreads, then feel free to send me a friend request.