I have set myself a goal, to read one book a month this year. I feel like this is achievable for me along with three children and working from home. I feel like it won’t put me under too much pressure.
Ever since I completed my degree in June 2015 and graduated in the October I have missed reading. I read an array of books during English Literature and Language degree, I felt like I read constantly. Sometimes I felt overwhelmed with the amount of books I needed to read. Through my degree I read some really lovely books and it gave me such a love for reading.
The act of sitting down and opening a story you know nothing about on the first page, and once you are finished you are left with with so much more then when you started. Maybe lessons learnt, wisdom taken on, or even just a fantasy world and a place you were able to escape to within those pages for a while.
The quiet and the peace one gets from reading is almost like the feeling one gets from meditation except you are able to keep your mind working. I think thats why I like it so much. I feel like I am relaxing yet I am keeping my mind busy and I like that feeling.
I would urge you to join me in reading one book a month this year too, if not only to open your mind to new authors and worlds but too give yourself some time. I feel like for me reading is an act of self care. Its forcing myself to sit down and enjoy the moment. It can be busy raising a family, and in the past Ive not ever had time to read and enjoy a book as much as I could. But I want to be able to do this. I am making the time for it. One book a month, and one at a time.
I read After You by Jojo Moyes in January and I loved it so much. I read the first book too a few years ago and fell in love with the characters from the very beginning. Reading the second one and following Louisa’s journey was lovely. She is just the perfect character, she is so lovely and Jojo Moyes has written each of her books so beautifully they make for an easy read.
The next book I am reading is not something I’d have naturally picked for myself but someone online recommended it to me, so I am going with it and going to see how how I get on. I will let you know at the end of the month how I feel about it.
I would also like to do a 6 monthly review of the books Ive read so far and let you know in short how I felt about them. I am going on a five day holiday with my husband in May so I may read two books that month but we will see.
There are so many good reasons to read, and I thought if I could try and read one book a month you could too. I like to read because I want to and not just for the sake of it. I like to enjoy the books I read and take the time to get to know each of the characters. I think thats one of the best parts. The unfolding of the story.
Being able to get lost in what the author has written, their creation process in the pages of a book. I love the idea of it, the coming together of author and reader and finally the end. What has this book given me? Of course some are thrillers and purely written for enjoyment and entrainment purposes for the reader, but some authors delve deeper and I find either genre equally enjoyable to read in my opinion. I like all genres. Some I prefer more then others.
Do you have any grande or average plans to read this year? Any reading goals? I would love to know.