All my life my love of books has helped define me. As a kid I was more likely to have my nose in a book than sitting in front of the tv. In high school I checked out what felt like half the books in the fiction section. I love a good story, the feel of pages in my hands, getting so immersed in what I’m reading that I lose track of where I am and how much time has passed.
All that, and yet looking back, I maybe read a handful of books in all of 2016. What happened? A great deal has changed in recent years. Technology is always available, blogs and websites are always generating new content, and it can feel difficult to keep up. I know I’ve spent more time on my phone/computer/tablet/etc this past year than any year previous. I’ve probably spent more time connected this past month than all my K-12 years put together. So much time spent keeping up online has inched out the time I used to read. I miss holding books in my hands and getting lost, so this year I’ve decided to make a change.
I’m challenging myself to take time to read. I’ve been putting together a list of books in my bullet journal where I’ll be able to track when I started and finished a book. I thought about making a reading wishlist separate from tracking the books I’ve read, but after some experimentation realized it would be overreaching to think I’d fill a whole page in just a year. This combined list is working pretty well for me so far.
Do you keep a list of books you want to read or have read? What’s your favorite read right now?