A Year In Books
It’s the holidays. It’s a time for relaxing, taking some (much needed) time out and indulging in the things that you love. Aside from all the feasting (which there has been far too much of these last few days!) for me there is nothing I love more than spending the day on long chilly dog hikes, adventuring in the countryside, then returning home to curl up with a book and read, read, read. My career has led me to work with words on a daily basis; reading and writing for work – it was like a dream come true for me. But, this was something of a double edge sword. With days in the office spent writing or proof-reading, it wasn’t long before sitting down with a book didn’t seem like a recreational pastime at all, and soon enough finding a book that I just couldn’t put down dropped right off my list of priorities.
Bad times for a bookworm, my friends, bad times.
Something had to change. If you love something, you should find a way to keep it in you life, right?
For the last couple of years I’ve been setting myself reading challenges on GoodReads – as a gal that loves a challenge, this is a great way really encourage me to take time out to dedicate to this amazingly fulfilling pastime. So far, since taking part in these challenges, I’ve had a pretty busy schedule – the first year I wrote my own book (which is pretty much like having two full time jobs all at once) and planned a handmade wedding, and then this year I wrote my second book and started my own business – so all in all, free time has been in rather short supply. So, the focus of my first challenge of 2012 was just just get back into the habit of reading. Let’s face it, reading one book is better than reading no books! With a 2012 challenge of reading 12 books – that’s a manageable one book a month, I got my reading mojo back in full force and read 14 books! Friends, I got the reading bug back!
When 2013 rolled around, I decided to aim for another 14 books, but this time to try to pick out a wider range of books – things that I wouldn’t normally read. This year my challenge has been more of a equal-opportunities approach to books – trying to read a wide variety of books – check out my challenge list read over on my GoodReads profile!
While I might never be a Chick-Lit kinda girl, giving them a go has been a heap of fun, and picking out authors and genres that I may not usually pick has helped me discover some rad authors – you know, not judging a book by it’s cover and all that!
What I’ve been reading…
One of the best things about keeping track of a reading list though out the year is looking back remembering new favourites.
1 Glasshopper – Isabel Ashdown
Isabel Ashdow has such a talent for setting the scene & filling it with characters that leap out & touch your heart. Bursting with bitter sweet nostalgia, making it hard to put down.
2 Phoenix – Chuck Palahnuik
Bite sized Chuck Palahniuk – perfect little reading indulgence! for those that haven’t read any of Chuck ‘s work, this is a brilliant, blistering introduction!
3 Pioneer Woman – Ree Drummond
A very sweet love story, as a follower of Ree’s blog this is an enjoyable read. I never thought it possible, but I want cinnamon rolls more than normal!
The end of the year is rolling away and the fresh new year is stretching out before us, its a time for contemplating our resolutions, for thinking about the plans and achievements we want to aim for. As I’m approaching the final chapters of my last book to complete my 2013 Reading Challenge, I’ve been thinking about the next challenge. In the coming year I’m raising the bar, and will be aiming for 24 books in my 2014 Reading Challenge! That’s not all! During the last twelve months, whilst searching for books that I might not normally read, I’ve found myself checking out reader reviews and found that they have been really helpful in picking out new reads. This year, I’m aiming to write and share more valuable reviews on the books that I read, you never know, it might help someone else on their reading quest!
So, if I love reading so much, why set a reading challenge? Well, I’m sure that I don’t need to tell you, but life is busy. Days are jammed packed with things to get done – work, seeing friends, sharing time with family. The weeks seem to just fly past. As a habitual list maker setting a challenge, listing the books and checking in on my progress is a great way to make sure that I find the time to do the things that I love to do. Are you planning on setting a Reading Challenge for 2014? What books are top of your Must Read List?