My life could be summed up by saying I spend a lot of my free time reading. Well, that part was true up until my guy, Tony, and I turned our second bedroom into a TV room. Technically, it could also be considered my library as there are books on every surface, even a rack designed for shoes that I have filled with hardbacks. They are stacked in rows, they are stacked two books deep on the shelves, there is even a book tree (all hail Christmas…that I don’t celebrate). In August, when we made the switch, I was very excited. Now I have a room specifically meant for reading and relaxing! It basically became into the room where countless hours of Netflix and Hulu turned me away from my love of reading.
One of my Cherchez La Vie goals is to get back into reading. It has been a past time that I’ve enjoyed since I was a young child and how dare I let it fall behind like this? I am also a writer, obviously, and after many years of being away, I decided to do National Novel Writing Month this past year. I knew that I was easily distracted by all the reading and the TV so I decided to put it on hold until after I hit my 50k words. It worked! Up until the end I was able to keep up my goal of 2k a day and I actually have a large chunk of a really great novel completed.
This was not so good for my reading. Books ‘sounded’ good but I hadn’t been able to pick one up and actively start reading since before November. It sort of depressed me a little, to be honest. I spent most of December trying to figure out what I wanted to read first. I went to the library and picked up books, I went online and had books delivered to my house, I even downloaded some onto my kindle and yet…nothing was good enough. I, of course, filled that time with any TV show I could find that was romantic, reality TV shows where I could scream at the screen, shows that had some sort of crime/cop theme or sci-fi outlet and it was glorious for a while.
Why did I think this would make me want to read again?
Ah, so Cherchez La Vie goals. I decided, In 2018 I’m going to get back into the flow of reading. I picked up books on writing, I picked up some classics writers (you know, Chekhov, Balzac, Steinbeck, Faulkner), I picked up mysteries and romances. I also have my book tree that is only comprised of TBR (to be read, for the noobs) books.
Now, I was never really a fan of Goodreads. I do have a profile but I never consistently used it. I figured giving it one more chance might help me with my reading problem. I can keep track of the books that I read and stay away from all the other nonsense on the site. I set my 2018 Reading Challenge goal to 100 books. I am going to start with the dozen or so library books that I already have and then delve deep into the hundreds of TBR books currently sitting in my living room.
I know, I know. If you haven’t read them by now, do you really think you will actually read them? Yes, Yes I do. I just have to choose the order wisely. That and I plan to actually get rid of the ones I know I will never read, GASP! But these are the ones I’ve had for years and still haven’t cracked the first page since I bought them. They have to go.
Anyway, I thought this plan would work and Lo and Behold! It’s only the 3rd and I’ve already read started and finished a few books. I plan to write reviews on them and hopefully, just hopefully, this is the start of my reading comeback.
P.S. Here are a few shows that usurped my time in 2017:
Blackish, Travelers, CSI Miami, NCIS, Chicago Med, Project Runway, Hells Kitchen, Royal Pains, Numb3rs, Medium, Blindspot, KC Undercover, MasterChef, SYTYCD, Stitchers, UnReal, Pitch, Cardinal, Rizzoli and Isles, Rosewood, Roswell, Bones, Castle, Timeless, Drop Dead, Diva
There are so many more but now my brain hurts. See ya.