I am the first person to admit that I don’t read as often as I should. I have worked for a publishing company, an online library, and two major bookstore chains, so I have accumulated a ton of books over the years that I have barely even flipped through let alone read. I would feel more guilty if I didn’t regularly donate them or give duplicate copies to friends; however, I do need to be more mindful about keeping up with the books that I already own rather than always running to a bookstore or library for a new fix (I’m sure some of you can relate to that shopping high!). Since I was in grade school, I have had reading ADD — meaning that I cannot keep my mind occupied on just one book at a time. I have the need to read a suspense novel the same week as a rock ‘n’ roll biography and a new writer’s debut book of short stories (…this is the actual predicament that I’m in at the moment). What ends up happening is that I step away from them all and get lost in work and weekends. It is then difficult to get back into any of the books that I was reading weeks prior. My reading ADD is certainly not my worst (or only) vice, but it is something that I want to fix in 2017. I’m not one to usually make New Year’s resolutions, but I want to be better at how and what I read so why not have a new year be the excuse?
Since it’s easier to keep a resolution if you have some support, I will be extending this 2017 reading challenge to anyone else who is trying to be a better reader or writer. If you do plan on participating, let me know in the comments or via email what you’re reading and how your year is progressing and I’ll do the same. So here it is…get ready to start thinking and shopping!
- a book you chose for the cover
- a book that a friend won’t stop raving about
- a book whose location takes place somewhere that you’ve always wanted to visit
- a book you were forced to read in high school or college
- a memoir about someone famous that you’re not familiar with
- a book in a genre that you usually avoid
- a book about a topic or subject that you love
- a book that is over 500 pages
- a book that is under 200 pages
- a book that was translated from a foreign author
- a book that has just been released
- a book that you started reading and then never finished
- a book about a subject that you know nothing about
- a book on a bestseller’s list
- a book that was turned into a movie
- a book you loved as a child
- a book by your favorite author that you have never read
If you have any other suggestions to add to the list once you’ve gotten started, go for it! And if you’re not a big reader, it might still feel good to get a few of these knocked off your list. I think this is one challenge in the new year that I’m actually looking forward to 🙂 Happy reading!