2017 was not my year.
Towards the end of the year I knew that something was wrong and I couldn't quite figure it out, so I began to examine what I was (or wasn't) doing that made me feel that way. This introspective search yielded many results. One thing I found was that I was hardly reading at all. In 2017, I read maybe five books (one was Atlas Shrugged so I was happy with that one). I enjoy reading and decided that, for 2018, I wanted to do more of it. So, I came up with my 2018 Reading challenge.
To read 50 books.
That's a pretty big jump from 2017's number, 10 times more...
I started 2018 going pretty strong, I managed to read six books by the end of January. This period was when I was on winter break, so I had the first 3 weeks of January completely free. I filled my days bundled up inside with a book in my hands. January was when I explored the world(s) of mythology with Jospeh Campbell. It was a rather enjoyable month. I felt good knowing I was making good progess towards my goal and I was learning along the way.
Unfortunately, January proved to be an outlier. Once I was back at school, my reading took a steady decline. I managed to stay strong, at first. The first month or so back, my apartment was undergoing renovations and workers would be in early in the moring crowding my kitchen and making the noise you'd expect a construction crew to make (no hate towards them, they did a good job). So, in order to escape the noise, I began waking up early and heading to campus to find a nice quiet place to read. This worked well for the first couple weeks back because I didn't really have any assignments to do. However, reading took a backseat to the schoolwork towards the end of February.
So, despite the early start, I am currently at 16 books for the year, and we are almost to the halfway point. There are 201 days left in the year, I need to read 34 books to reach my goal. So I need to be reading at a rate of roughly one book every five days. It's definitley possible, but I'm going to have to refocus my efforts.
Now, Let's take a look at what books I've completed (in the order I completed them):
As you can see, I've been all over the place in my reading. I find that my tastes are constant (I like philosphy, mythology, classics, etc.) but my day to day mood determines what I can read in the moment. Which is why I went from reading the fundamental text of Taoism to a thrilling fictional story of island survival. Regardless of what I'm reading, I find that the important thing is that I'm reading. What I've found amazing about this journey is that I have learned from every book that I've read so far this year, even the fiction! Additionally, reading is a great escape, and I find that, in today's world, having an escape is incredibly important.
So what are you waiting for? GO READ!
disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any book stores or libraries. Half Price Books is my jam though.