At the beginning of the year, I wrote a post all about my goals for the year. One of the categories was reading. Most of you probably already know I’m an avid reader. There are lots of things I love in life, and reading a good book book is one of them I thought it’d be a good time to update you all on my reading progress!
I had three major reading goals or 2019. They are: to read the entirety of Jane Austen’s novels and short stories, to finish reading The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie, and to participate in the Everyday Reading book club.
I’ve basically missed the every book in the Everyday Reading book in the club so far. I think it’s safe to say that I won’t be participating. I’m still watching and reading Janssen’s reviews. I’ll be adding the books to my tbr list as I want to read them.
So, here’s the other thing. I actually haven’t finished one book yet in 2019. I thought that not having goal would mean I’d just read whatever, whenever and the numbers wouldn’t really matter. Honestly, the number of books I read doesn’t matter. However, I think having a goal in the back of my mind pushed me to make more time for reading.
I’m still reading Sense and Sensibility, and I’m over half way through. I’ve enjoyed it so much that just recently I realize how far I’d read. It’s no Pride and Prejudice, but I like it. Hopefully it’ll be finished by the end of this week, and then I’ll be moving on to some advanced reader copies I’ve been sent.
One of my favorite series, the Peachtree Bluff, is wrapping up with the third book in May. I am itching to start it & simply haven’t because I don’t want to leave a book unfinished. I’ve also been sent another book by Simon & Schuster that I’ll mention after it’s finished.
In case you are like me and find it hard to squeeze in reading, I wanted to share three tips that help me:
Connect the Dots
If you struggle to read every day, set a goal to read just a little bit every day. It doesn’t matter how much it is. Even if you’ve read a paragraph, keep track of reading every day. I track my reading progress in my Inkwell Press planner and connect the hexagons.
Do it Digitally
Honestly, I love a physical book. But, it’s not always convenient to carry a book in my work tote or purse. I have a Kindle Paperwhite and LOVE it. I also have the Kindle app on my iPhone, in case I don’t have my Kindle Paperwhite with me. It makes it so easy to squeeze in reading whenever I can, wherever I am.
Get Rid of the Junk
I’ve honestly had to work at this last tip. Before, I said that it’s hard to leave a book unfinished. It really is! However, if I’m not enjoying a book I make myself put it down and read something else. It’s not worth reading something I dislike when there are so many other books out there. Plus, it’s more fun to read something I truly enjoy.
I hope these tips help you! What have you been reading lately?