It’s nearing the end of the year and let’s just say I didn’t get anywhere near my reading goal. Now, I could blame it on the fact that I had school or that I had to work. I could blame it on not having anything to read even though we all know that isn’t true. I could blame it on the fact that on my Goodreads account I set my goal too high. But the fact of the matter is that I didn’t read anything at all.
Now even though all the aforementioned are true, there are ways to get around them. I did read a book on my e-reader, but it was an easy read and I don’t count it. I seriously had four different books sitting on my shelf in my room waiting to be read. I would walk by them and I could hear them calling my name, but I decided to neglect them. Electronics did control my life at one point, but as a young adult in this generation it is quite easy to get enveloped in what is going on in the rest of the world.
As soon as Christmas break came around I promised myself I would read five books—start off small and if I happen to read more then great, but I am holding myself to five. I did deal with a major reading slump, which, if you don’t know, is when it doesn’t matter how hard you try you can’t seem to pick up that book. I decided I was going to read for ten minutes and hope that got me out of it. One hour later and I was completely enveloped in my story. Notting Hill with Love…Actually by Ali McNamara is my current read. If you know me, you know that I hope to move to London one day or maybe if I’m lucky marry someone who is British. This story, along with any story about London, is the epitome of who I am as a person.
Do you ever read a book where the main character is married or going to get married, but you want them to get together with the hot “best friend”? That’s exactly how this book is. It is a bit cliché though, which I am completely okay with. I am very in-tune with relationships considering the fact that romance is the only thing I read so I was able to pick up on all of the little side comments to realize what would happen next. It is a fluffy contemporary that has gotten me over my reading slump.
It becomes difficult when you feel stuck. When you can’t seem to pick up that book you’ve been wanting to read for months now. One thing I learned is to pick an easy read. It will get you back into the swing of things. I’ve also learned that I can’t expect too much. Obviously, I want to read as many books as I can, but saying I’ll read 300 in a year or 365 days is quite impossible at least for me. Watching BookTube has helped me as well. BookTube is basically just YouTube for people who love books. Watching different individuals talk about the books that they are currently loving and the fact that they are going through the same thing I am going through puts my mind at ease.
I hope to at least read 100 pages in the next year, but if it doesn’t happen I won’t be thoroughly distraught. Reading should be enjoyable. I never found it enjoyable to rush through a book just to say that I finished it. I want every book that I read to have a lasting effect on me. I also plan on reading more than romance. It will be quite difficult for me because I have no idea where to start, but the more I read from different varieties the better off I will be. I know that I will never read psychological thrillers because that shit will give me nightmares for months.
I can’t wait to see what the next year holds for me and my love for books. We all know one thing for sure: I will be buying more books than I’ll ever be able to read. Good luck to all my fellow readers out there with their 2018 reading goals! Don’t forget to have fun!
– Liz Pecoraro