For me, reading is the one thing I can do to take my mind off everything. It transports me to a place far away from reality and pulls at every single emotion imaginable. There is nothing I love or lust more than getting lost in a book; in a world that’s not my own. Maybe it’s because I don’t think much of my reality or maybe it’s just because I can connect to the characters I read about, living vicariously through them, I’m not sure. What I do know is, I’ll never fall out of love with reading.
To me, reading just doesn’t transport me to another life, it has lots of physical benefits too. I sleep better, stress less and, in general, become a much less irritable person. In the past couple of years I’ve read barely anything, always finding excuses to not read or going for the lazier option of doing nothing. Well, no more my friends – I need reading back in my life, fast. Basically, I need to stop swapping reading my book for watching Netflix and I’ll probably become much healthier than I already am.
So, I set myself a challenge back in February – a challenge to get my read back on. I always use Goodreads to check ratings of books and, when it asked me if I wanted to set a 2017 reading goal, I decided to go for it.
40 books in 52 weeks.
Seemed pretty easy at the time, even though I knew it wouldn’t be, and I’m currently on book 25 – two ahead of schedule according to the counter! I’m pretty chuffed about it too as, most of the time, my reading habits fluctuate. I can spend anywhere between a day and 9 months reading a book… my bad.
On my old blog, I started to share my thoughts of the books I’d read (something I intend to pick up again on here too!). I thought it would be a nice little extra challenge as, before I read anything, I usually scour the internet and Goodreads for the previous reviews to see if I’m going to like it! This might look like a whole post dedicated to a book or a group post full of book thoughts!
And, just incase you’re interested, you can follow my journey by clicking here and heading over to my Goodreads 2017 Challenge page. You’ll be able to see all the books I’ve read, if I’ve reviewed them and, if you fancy, even become my Goodreads friend – whatever one of those is.