“You are the same today as you’ll be in five years except for two things, the books you read and the people you meet.” ~ Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
For some time now I have wanted to do a reading challenge. My bookshelf literally overflows with books, many of which I have yet to read and every one looking more and more interesting each time I browse its pages. Books are kind of an addiction for me. I love the idea of shared stories and information filled dialogue – it’s a drug of mine. Being a book collector of sorts combined with working at a university library has more or less set me up to be an avid lifetime reader. (To which I say, YIPEE!)
As 2015 begins I have decided it is high time that I get reading. Well, reading MORE. So many books have been calling my name for so long, it’s time I stopped choosing moving pictures over the exploration of the written word. Therefore, I have set a goal of reading 50 books in 2015. To some this may seem an easy feat while others may be wondering, “what the hell for??!?” Reading has forever been a favourite past time of mine but one that I have been lacking considerably in of late. In my quest to create a more simple life, going back to the basics of reading is, for me, one step closer to unplugging electronically and plugging in mindfully. Besides, when you break it down, fifty books in twelve months translates to 4.2 (rounded up) books per month – definitely an achievable task if one puts their mind to it.
Consider this a formal invitation to participate in this challenge with me. What form it takes is entirely up to you. Nonetheless, once I finish a book I will include a brief review on this blog so that you can choose to read the book yourself and, more importantly, you can hold me accountable to this literary challenge!
Also, I encourage anyone who discovers a remarkable book and wishes to share it with others to include the title and author in the comment section of this post. I will ensure they are posted for all to read and explore.
For those of you who remember D.E.A.R during the literacy period in elementary school – I look forward to Drop Everything and Read time – shared with you!