I’m a quitter!

A few weeks ago, I talked about the book lists I’ve been using this year and how I have approached them in a way that doesn’t work for me and how I plan to do something a little different next year.

Well, call me a quitter, but I’m tired of the lists. I’m nearly done the shorter list and I’ve made really good progress on the longer list. I even have a few books lined up that meet the criteria on one of the list. But, I’m starting to realize that I have three complications that was distracting me from the lists:

  1. I already own a lot of unread books and I really just want to read a bunch of them so that I can stop being annoyed by the fact that I have so many unread books. And, don’t even get me started on my “to read” list on Goodreads (91 books!).
  2. I’m too easily distracted to stick with only reading books that meet specific criteria. I know and/or follow a lot of readers, so I see a lot of book reviews and recommendations. Sometimes I even find random ones (ex: I don’t follow Bill Gates, but I stumbled upon his recent summer reading list and I want to read a few of his recommendations; side note: did you know that he’s an avid reader and posts his reviews on his site?).
  3. A lot of the criteria left on the lists are ones that I have little to no interest in completing, and I’m not one to read a book I don’t want to read.

Let me qualify #3 a bit: I don’t have a problem with trying to read difficult books or books that I’m not very interested in, but I’m a slow reader who gets easily frustrated, so I won’t force myself to read things that I don’t want to read. This was a decision that I had a hard time making and I’m sticking with it. Some of the criteria would require forcing myself to read something I don’t like. Other criteria will be easily met. For example:

  • A classic romance – I have very little interest in romance novel, classic or not.
  • A book your mom loves – Mom liked to read a lot of regency romances. See above.
  • A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t – Why would I read a book that I didn’t want to read in the first place?
  • A trilogy – I have three or four trilogies in my pile of unread books (Wildwood, Divergent, Harry Hole, and something else that I can’t recall).
  • A book by an author you’ve never read before – That’s easily half my unread books.
  • A book published the year I was born – I have two books by two of my favourite authors published in the year I was born. Both are re-reads, but it’s been a really long time since I’ve read them, so I’m looking forward to it.

After putting a lot of thought into this, I’ve decided that I will still try to meet my other 2015 reading goals (read 50 books and at least one from the 2015 Canada Reads list), but I will focus on reading books I already own. I’ve finally gotten back to Silently and Very Fast, which I have not touched since last August and I will probably continue with reading the hordes of books I have on my Kobo before moving on to my paper books.

This, kids, is the reason that I love being finished with school – I can quit or modify “homework” that isn’t working for me.


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