This year, I’ve noticed that reading lists have not worked for me. I’ve tried reading a lot, but for whatever reason I just don’t have the urge to as much as I “want” too.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a hard time with reading in general this year. So far my summer reading list has been a flop and I’m still working on getting out of a reading rut. I’ve always loved reading, but this year I haven’t made reading as much of a priority. So to hopefully pull me out of this reading rut, I’ve chosen a few books that I want to read before this year ends. I want to get back to why I enjoy it so much and quit feeling like it’s a burden.
One thing I’ve noticed too is that I’m getting a lot of books from the library instead of reading the ones I own. So I’ve decided to stop renting books from the library for the rest of the year. I’ve also decided to read the books I own instead. And if I don’t read them by the end of the year I’m going to donate them. Because I’ve had some books that I’ve kept for a few years now that “I’ll get to someday”. I think, we all know how that goes.
So, I’ve been taking my own advice when it comes to giving myself grace. I can’t beat myself up when it comes to reading, just like you shouldn’t either. I feel like we’re always told that we need to read more if we want to be successful, sleep better, etc. But let’s face it – life happens and a lot of the time reading is the list thing on our minds. This year, I’ve finished books in a few days, and other times it’s taken me a couple of months. But that’s all okay – the fact that I’ve even completed a few books is great to me!
my reading plan for the rest of the year
I plan to read a few books that were on my summer reading list and read a bunch of books that I currently own. I’m going to enjoy it and I’m not going to pressure myself. If I don’t read all of the books, oh well. If I do, that will be great too! I’ve definitely learned this year that I need to stop being so hard on myself and do what I can accomplish and try to exceed that.
books apart of the plan:
1 | chasing slow by Erin Loechner
2 | everything that remains by The Minimalists
3 | the curated closet by Anuschka Rees
4 | panic in a suitcase by Yelena Akhtiorskaya
5 | the life of nelson mandela by Rod Green
6 | living in style by Rachel Zoe
7 | the kite runner by Khaled Hosseini
8 | season to taste: how i lost my sense of smell and found my way by Molly Birnbaum
9 | it starts with food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig
10 | i know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou
11 | what happened: inside the bush white house and washington’s culture of deception by Scott McClellan
12 | death of a king: the real story of dr. martin luther king jr.’s final year by Tavis Smiley
13 | just one look by Harlan Coben
14 | the woods by Harlan Coben
15 | stay close by Harlan Coben
I have a wide range of books that I want to tackle, so we’ll see how this goes! Maybe this amount is little bit ambitious since I’ve been struggling, but maybe not. Regardless, some of these books my be donated and they’ll go to a good home! So to me it’s all a win in the end.