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:
- 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!).
- 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?).
- 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.