Although I set my Goodreads goal at 75 versus the 52 of 2017, I plan to do less challenges this year. Only two in fact: PopSugar’s 2018 Challenge and Girl XOXO’s Monthly Motif Challenge. Oh, and probably the 24 hour challenges as they come along, but I don’t really think of them as challenges per se. Along the way I’ll continue scratching off covers on Pop Chart Lab’s 100 Essential Novels .
Doing so many challenges last year somehow made reading less enjoyable for me. It turned it into more of something I had to do, rather than wanted to do. And I love reading. I’m pretty much always reading something. So it shocked me when I caught myself feeling that way.
I learned that I don’t enjoy audio books as much as physical books. I like listening to stories while I knit or busy my hands with something else, but I don’t get as much pleasure from them. I want to be able to see a beautifully written sentence in print. It’s magical for me and takes my breath away every time. Spoken words just don’t have that same effect for me.
This year I want to rediscover my love of reading for the pure enjoyment of it, of getting lost in great books and living in worlds far away from my own.
I hope 2018 brings you many magical reads of your own.