Back to school is one of my favorite times of the year: new stationary + the onset of fall + pumpkin spice flavored everything, what could be better? My college move-in date is right around the corner. Tomorrow, to be exact. And I’m doing anything and everything within my power to procrastinate packing like the responsible human being that I am. In an attempt to further delay packing, what better time to share my experiences with reading and blogging throughout my freshman year of college?
I’m impressively stubborn, sometimes to a fault, yet I prefer to prioritize my mental sanity above forcing myself to read a book from start to finish that blatantly isn’t working for me. While I’m by no means a liberal DNF-er, I average approximately 1-2 books per year that I permanently set aside without completing them. When I first started blogging, my brain absolutely refused to accept the concept of not reading a novel in its entirety. Needless to say, I had several excruciatingly painful reads in which I miserably limped along until the very last page and then promptly dove headfirst into a reading slump. As my TBR pile started to grow exponentially, I gradually recognized that I would not be struck dead by a bolt of lightning if I elected to set a book aside in favor for a higher priority or more promising read. In hindsight, this was one of my most important realizations with respect to my growth as a reader.
We’re officially t minus 10 days away from the season seven premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones on July 16th, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic! It’s been 375 days since the final episode of season six aired, which is an atrocity in and of itself, leading to widespread withdrawal among viewers. Don’t even get me started on the unfortunate fact that there are only two abbreviated seasons remaining.
I met my Reading Challenge of 50 books throughout 2016 by reading…exactly 50 books! There were a few ups and downs along the way, including some new favorites and a handful of disappointments. I started college a few months ago which has been significantly cutting into my reading time, but I’m hoping that this will improve over the next several months!
I am entirely unembarrassed to admit that I have a book buying obsession, and it’s gotten a bit out of hand recently. Book buying bans are essentially out of the question, so how do I go about restricting the number of books I’m purchasing during my countless trips to the bookstore? Stretching every last dollar so that I’m getting the greatest possible number of books for the smallest sum of money? Prioritizing which books I want to purchase immediately versus which can wait a few months? I’ve amassed a few tips and tricks that have worked well for me in the past with the hopes of helping a few fellow bookworms.
Whether you’re a member of Goodreads, or other book-related websites and organizations, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been asked or have come across various features that allow you to set reading goals each year. These goals can vary significantly, ranging from the highly specific “I want to read __ books in 2016” to something as general as “I want to read more historical fiction.”
But these goals, do they do more harm than good? Instead of prompting us to read with increasing frequency, do they actually discourage us from the pastime?