I love to read. LOVE IT! Nothing quite compares to curling up with a cup of coffee and a book. While teaching I rarely read throughout the semester unless it was a new release of my favorite author. I didn’t read much because when I get hooked on a book, I get HOOKED. When I should have been grading, I was reading instead. Then when it was time to play catch up, I regretted choosing my book over work that had to be done. I am horrible at prioritizing.
Lately the only reading I was getting done was reading a magazine or catching up on blogs while my daughter napped in the morning. In December I came across the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy. Her blog is AWESOME. If you love all things reading, go check her out after reading this post! Anyhoo, late December I read her post “The 2016 Reading Challenge” and sent it to my friend begging her to do it. She had already planned her own reading challenge but thought she could incorporate it somehow.
Fast forward to mid January. While watching tv I saw a preview to The Choice. Nicholas Sparks is my favorite author (tied with JK Rowling, of course) and to be honest, the story line didn’t seem familiar. When I grabbed the book and read the synopsis I could not for the life of me remember what happened. Since I have a horrible memory and since it was one of the earlier Nicholas Sparks books I read, it wasn’t surprising that I couldn’t remember. I decided since it isn’t a long book I would reread it. It clicked that “a book you have already read at least once” was on the 2016 Reading Challenge! It wasn’t terribly awful to finish the book either. I read during my daughter’s morning nap and before bed each night. While it took me a lotttttt longer than usual to finish, I still managed to finish. It lit a fire within me to try to complete this challenge.
I love it because I usually stick to the same ol’ books when in the past I used to venture out more. This will allow me to broaden my horizons! Here is the checklist: