On New Year's Eve, I was doing what many other people were doing: reflecting on the past year, wondering if there was a resolution I should be making for the new year, and scrolling through my Facebook feed.
Personally, 2015 was a mixed bag. It started off well enough - I finally talked hubby into a Caribbean vacation for the first time since our honeymoon. We had such a great time , I have a feeling it won't be so hard to talk him into it again. For our extended family, things weren't so rosy. Marital problems, financial problems, health problems - there were many sleepless nights. We pitched in to help where we could, and it looks like things are finally turning around.
For the past few years, I've had the same resolution: make more healthy choices. At this point, I don't consider this to be a New Year's resolution, I consider this a way of life. I'll be thrilled if I can drop five pounds, happy if my weight stays the same, bummed if I gain five pounds. It's all about fitting into my favorite pair of jeans. I don't think the weight thing is the most important part, though. What's going on inside my body? Are my food choices going to keep me healthy? Am I active enough?
Anyway, back to my Facebook scrolling. The 2016 Reading Challenge showed up on my newsfeed http://modernmrsdarcy.com/2016-reading-challenge/ and a lightbulb went off. This is what I want to focus on this year! Lately, I've been disappointed in my book reading production. There are lots of books on my TBR list. This is a totally doable!
Come with me through the jump, and we'll see how it's going so far!
Already, I've checked several books off my list. Throughout the year, I'll keep you posted on what books I've chosen and the progress I've made.
My 2016 Reading Challenge (choices subject to change - lol)
A BOOK PUBLISHED THIS YEAR
Feverborn, Karen Marie Moning
The latest installment of the Fever series exceeded expectations. Loved it!
A BOOK I CAN FINISH IN A DAY
The War of The Worlds, H.G. Wells
A BOOK I'VE BEEN MEANING TO READ
Bossypants, Tina Fey
Status: In progress (audiobook)
I'm not usually a fan of audio books because I get so relaxed I nod off. Tina Fey narrating? Hell yeah! I'll stay awake!
A BOOK RECOMMENDED BY MY LOCAL LIBRARIAN OR BOOKSELLER
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
This is one of those books that will stay with me. Message: the treasure is not the destination, it's the journey.
A BOOK I SHOULD HAVE READ IN SCHOOL
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
A BOOK CHOSEN FOR ME BY MY SPOUSE, SIBLING, CHILD OR BFF
Lady of Hay, Barbara Erskine
My sister and I went out for lunch to celebrate her birthday and then went browsing in a bookstore. When I told her about my reading challenge, she recommended this novel to me.
A BOOK PUBLISHED BEFORE I WAS BORN
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
A BOOK THAT WAS BANNED AT SOME POINT
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
A BOOK I PREVIOUSLY ABANDONED
Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
Status: In Progress
I'm not sure why I stopped reading this - probably got distracted. That's one of the dangers of e-readers! Oryx and Crake is the first book in a trilogy, followed by The Year of the Flood and Madd Adam.
A BOOK I OWN BUT HAVE NEVER READ
Dracula, Bram Stoker
A BOOK THAT INTIMIDATES ME
Anna Kerenina, Leo Tolstoy
The reason for intimation should be self-explanatory - just look at the size of it!
A BOOK I'VE ALREADY READ AT LEAST ONCE
Burned, Karen Marie Moning
I'm glad I re-read it before starting Feverborn. I can't believe how many details I had forgotten in a year! A was a little disappointed the first time around, but enjoyed it much more this time.
So far, I've read three of the books on my list and another two are in progress. That's a pretty good start to the year! Do any of you have any reading goals for the year? If you have any suggestions on books to choose, please sound out below! Maybe you'll inspire me to make a change.