So at the beginning of the month, I set aside 5 books that I wanted to read. They all were for a challenge or one of the things that I said I wanted to accomplish this year. They were all books that I really wanted to get to, I wanted to pick them up and start reading right now. Beside them was a stack of library books that I wanted to read as well.
I passed by these stacks every day while I read something else. Thanks to audiobooks and ebooks, I have finished 16 books so far this month. And not one of them was from the stack of 5 or the library books. They were either books that I had started in December and finished earlier this month or review books that I was able to get on audio. I was working through my Netgalley and Edelweiss titles. A feat in and of itself. But not what I wanted to do this year.
But I also noticed something else about this stack (and the way that I was thinking). My first thought was that I was no longer sure if I would be able to finish these books by the end of the month. First of all, with the rate that I was going through books, I really should have no problem getting through those five books. Secondly, two of the books were part of series that I wanted to finish up . One I wanted to re-read from the beginning and the other I just wanted to pick up where I left off. But it was just that one book that I had picked out. Because I knew that I wouldn’t be able to make it through the series in a month. But why did I think I only had a month to finish my stack. It’s my new thinking that was getting in the way of going back.
2019 is supposed to be the year that I buckled down and focused and achieved some reading goals, all of which was designed to help me read more of my own books. And this made me realize that there were more things that I would need to let go of so that I can get back to reading like I used to. The main one was the goals I had set and the challenges that I wanted to participate in – even the ones that I was excited for. Which makes me sad, since I had started the year off so well in achieving those goals. But there is freedom in this too. I know have a book cart with all of the books that I want to get through. And it doesn’t matter if it takes me a year to finish them (it won’t). It will help me get through some things (mostly reading books from my own shelf). There’s even a shelf for library books! It will also allow me to see movement on my shelf.
While I will still be tracking my reading ( I think that it’s fun) I will be changing the way that I do reviews. In reality, we don’t really talk about every single book that we read.We talk about the ones that we really love or hate. So from no own, I am going to write reviews for those books that stand out, either because I really liked them or because I really didn’t. As far as Netgalley and Edelweiss titles go, I may review them or not. I may do a mash up or group review books. I don’t know. But I am no longer going to promise a full review on my blog. I do jot my thoughts down on Goodreads.
If someone has reached out to me about a specific book, then that book will get a full review on one of my blogs.
It’s time I got back to reading like I used to, which means focusing on reading. That also means that this post is long enough!