If there's one thing I regret not doing in 2016, it's not getting around to really boosting that reading habit of mine. It had its moments, sure, but they lasted a week at most, and I can even count the books I actually finished on one hand. In short? Not good for a girl who used to refuse to put a book down while walking to and fro, gladly giving up a good night sleep for another chapter or two. It took the start of a new year to realise how much I missed getting totally sucked into a book and lost inside a story, so I decided to do something about it. Here's the plan.
ONE BOOK A MONTH
To give you an idea: last year I thought I could read twenty in twelve months. Major fail on my behalf, and that's just a light way to put it (I started 15 books, read 7). Lowering it to one book a month, and thus 12 in a year, should be doable, don't you think? To help me reach that goal, I'm committing myself to a monthly blog post about that month's book. So in a way, I am recruiting all of you to keep an eye on my keeping that promise.
MAKE IT A DAILY HABIT AGAIN
I used to read every day: while commuting to school and/or work, and just before I went to bed. A lot has changed since then, as I can't manage it anymore while commuting (reading on your bike is deemed dangerous, you know) and the evenings, well... Either I take too much on my plate hobby- and writing-wise OR some tv series has me glued to the screen right up until the moment I can't keep my eyes open and fall asleep. That's slightly exaggerated, but you get the picture and I bet some of you even recognise it. Now, it's not a secret that staring at a screen right before you go to bed might just not be that good for you (really, Sherlock), so scratching that altogether and replacing it by some quality time with a book seems like a very good idea. A better schedule when it comes to writing and chores will help, too, so I'm definitely working on that.
REDISCOVER YOUR FAVOURITES
Nothing to re-light that reading spark better than books you already know you love. I'm absolutely sure that the main reason why I didn't finish all those books I started, is that I was expecting a bit too much and was reading as many hyped books as possible when they just weren't up my alley. That's why I decided to reach for the classics and 'old' favourites at the start of this year. That favourite being Stephen Chbosky's The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. I might read a couple of new ones, mind, but it all depends on what my gut tells me!
What about you? Do you have a reading challenge set for 2017 and/or have you already picked out some books? I'd love it if you told me all about that in the comments!