I think I’m in trouble.
Because every passing day, the intensity of the “pull” from books I’m pining to read escalates. So much so, that the other important things I’m supposed to be doing in a day (like work!!) are now seeming like an annoying distraction. The only motivation to carry on working is so I can make enough of a living to feed this feverish and frenzied but oh so fulfilling habit.
Like I cannot wait for the weekend to get here, because the annual book fair is finally happening and I’ve already got my backpack cleaned up and ready, to stuff with all the loot I don’t deserve but have to have to, oh have to have!
This really is getting out of hand, or…. is it too late to worry now?
But wait, isn’t 2018 supposed to be about celebrating books? Of course it is! Thank you very much for the reminder!
My target for the year is 50 books – and here is how I am going to make the most of it!
The idea is to keep it structured but also allow enough room for those impulsive choices that are inevitably going to be made. I’ve learnt this about myself and I’ve stopped fighting it – because in the end, the discipline really sucks away a lot of the FUN that books and reading are supposed to bring. (The #unreadshelfproject, which I am following via Instagram, is a fun way of bringing in that tiny bit of discipline though!).
So after browsing numerous reading challenges from all over the web, this framework is what I’ve come up with. Finishing 50 books is itself a challenge for me so I am not making the framework too schematic or overly defined. I’m happy with the direction its taken, and also because it will serve as a reminder to not miss the kind of genres I generally overlook.
I’ve already identified a bunch of titles for these categories, but I think it would be wiser to add those after I’ve actually read them. Lets see where I get in 6 months time.
I’m so excited to begin and see how this goes!!
Are you also following a reading strategy this year? I’d love to hear how you plan to do it.
Happy new year and happy reading!