So in my last blog post, I mentioned that one of my goals this year is to pick up and read more books. I was a very avid reader when I was growing up. My parents read at least 3 books with me as soon I could begin to pay attention. Once I was able to read, I was off. I read a lot through elementary, middle and even in high school. Now, I did love a lot of the books that I was required to read in school for classes. These are typical classics like The Scarlet Letter, The Outsiders, The Great Gatsby among others. These are books I feel like everyone should read at least once in your life. Then there were books that were still for school purposes but more open to my choice. For example, when I was in 8th grade, I had to do a book report like assignment so I went into the library and just looked through the stacks until I found a name or spine that jumped out at me. I’m ashamed that this is how I often chose new books to read but it still holds true today. So I saw a bright yellow cover and grabbed it and went. The book was Sold which turned to be an incredible book about a girl in Nepal who leaves her home to provide for her family but ends up being sold into prostitution. Now, I would have never guessed that this was the course of the book but I’m so glad I picked it up. So I started doing this more. I would just pick up random books and read. As I got older, I started reading chick literature like the Twilight Saga, and anything by Meg Cabot. Then my classes moved into reading books like In Cold Blood which I found absolutely fascinating. I began to think differently about what I was reading and how things were written.
When I got to college, I wanted to continue reading but it wasn’t as much of an option anymore. I had a lot of other priorities and didn’t have as much access to novels and such that I would have wanted. However, I still continued to pick up books here and there, especially if I was traveling. When I have a long layover somewhere, I tend to just walk into stores and pick up a book that peeks my interest, again based on the cover and title. I’ve found books that I really enjoy that way and continue to re-read when I can. In the last half of 2017, I wanted to go through my book shelf and see what I actually never got around to reading. One of those books was Pride and Prejudice. I have been trying to read this book since I bought it while I was wandering around a Barnes and Nobles on my lunch break at the mall. I read maybe 100 pages during the summer but then just dropped it. Not on purpose, but other things came into my life that I wanted to focus on. So my goal last year was to finish this monster of a book that I could barely keep track of what was going on. But once I did, not only did I love the story, I felt so accomplished. And I wanted more. So I began to re-read books that I haven’t finished or it’s been so long since I read them. And I wanted more. It has also helped relieve my anxiety at night as I just take 30 minutes or so to myself to read. Forget other things that are going on in my life and throw my attention into another.
So now we are here. One of my goals this year is to read more and be more connected to literature and stories that are coming out this year. So I started on Goodreads to keep track and see what others are reading. Also let me say, I never realized the community of readers out there on social media and the internet. I discovered BookTube which is basically a community of book lovers on YouTube and watch them buy a ton of books and read and organize their book shelves. I’m into it. So I set a goal to read 12 books this year, basically once a month. It seems like a lot but I think it very manageable for myself. So what I would like to do this year is just do updates every few months to 1. keep myself accountable and have a record of what I did, and 2. Share my thoughts and see what others are recommending and possibly connect with others who are beginning to read more or already do. Don’t worry, this isn’t all I’m going to be talking about this year but it is something I am interested in doing. So here is my update for the first three months of 2019.
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero – Good book to start if you are looking into reading more self help/lifestyle type books.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson – definitely not your average self help book. This makes you recognize how complicated and messy life is and understanding that is the key to be successful and happy.
Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan – This is a novel I had previously read about 3 or 4 years ago. It’s about 4 girls who were roommates in college and follows their journeys into the real world. For me, it was nice to read this now that I have graduated and been out in the world for a couple years and see how I can relate to the struggles these girls encounter.
Becoming by Michelle Obama – Listen, I mean what else can you say. I’m about half way through and I love it. I love Michelle Obama and her story is fantastic. She tells it through her eyes and it’s what I needed. That’s all.
So 4 books down, 6 to go! I’m excited to do this and if you are interested, follow along with me and let me know what you are reading. My GoodReads page is where I’ll keep everything updated in real time so if you use that, feel free to check in to see what I’m up to!