At the start of 2015, I decided I was going to make a commitment to reading. I loved buying books, talking about books, encouraging others to read, I could spend hours in book stores but I was never making time to actually read. Somewhere between graduating college and now I stopped making time for reading. The books I intended to read were collecting dust. I decide it was time to remedy this and I made the ambitious goal to read 25 books throughout the year.
It felt really good to devote myself to something I loved again, to fall in love with characters and learn from their stories. It gave me something else to talk about with friends and family. It motivated me to finally take the leap and join a book club. I had talked about joining a book club for years and it lives up to everything I thought it would be. I have made new friends in town who enjoy reading and critiquing plots and characters, I have been introduced to stories I wouldn’t normally choose to read on my own.
How did I do with my goal? Well I came very close reading a grand total of 22 books. I try not to let it bother me that I didn’t reach my goal. I tell myself that I still read more then double the books I read the year before and if I am honest probably more than I read in 2013 and 2014 combined. I expanded my interests and branched out, explored new genres and obtained new knowledge. I learned. Whenever I learn, I chalk that up to a win.
I want to encourage each of you to do a reading challenge this year. Even if you just challenge yourself to read five books. There are variety of reading challenges and variations of challenges out there, just google it or be creative and come up with one on your own. I have talked with people who challenge themselves to read a certain amount of hours each week, or who devote themselves to reading only non fiction or fiction whichever isn’t their go to genre. No matter what it is, find a reading challenge that works for you. I promise you won’t regret it. If you need someone to hold you accountable just ask!
Below I feature all of the books I read. I thought long and hard about each book and I can’t pick a favorite. I love them all. Of course, each one triggered different emotions and insights but I feel like each one of them is apart of my story now. (Kinda cheesy I know.) I have discovered I love historical fiction and reading non fiction books about politics. I love reading about different cultures whether it be fiction or non fiction. These are new interest I developed this year from this reading challenge, new interest that are helping me mold new career goals.
I am happy to talk to anyone about any of these books and highly recommend checking them out. You can also follow me on Good Reads if you happen to be on that site!
So where am I going from here? I decide that 2016 I am going to aim to read 30 books. Go big or go home right?
What I read in 2015