New Year, New Reading Goal. I’m not someone who can tear through 100 books a year. I’m lucky if I can finish 50 books. Usually my yearly book reading goal rests between 40-50 books, split between novellas, audio books, anthologies, and the classic novel. This year my goal is 40 (when I surpass that number I feel VERY good about myself.)
I like reading, but sometimes it can feel like a chore. Especially when I’m trudging through a book I’m not enjoying. The book seems to take ten times longer to read because I’m not enjoying it, and I’m too stubborn (I’ve already read 100 pages, what’s 100 more?) to stop. Which is why I have a motto that I have to remind myself whenever this occurs.
“Read the books that make you happy, put down the books that don’t.”
When I spend money on a ebook or hardback, I do so hoping it will transport me in the same way a video game or movie might. If it doesn’t, well… no hard feelings. I’m not going to finish it just to say that I did.
Already a few days into the new year and I’ve had to do this. And you know what? I moved on, I’ve finished two more books in that time I would have spent slogging through a book I wasn’t enjoying as much.
For some this may be a hard thing to do, but trust me you’ll feel much better when you put down War and Peace and take a chunk out of your TBR pile instead.
You can always pick up those books later, when you’re in the mood for them. Or never, I am also not shy about DNF’ing books.
Leisure time in precious. I want to spend doing something I enjoy.
It is a pretty easy motto to apply to other things in life as well. Spend time with people who make you happy, cut out the people who don’t. Step back from toxic websites and spend more time with ones that make you feel better.
Look, I find myself interacting with people who exhaust me in a job that doesn’t bring me a lot of joy. When it comes to my hobbies, I’m going to put my enjoyment first. It’s my ultimate self care present to me. Try to enjoy life more instead of forcing yourself to slug through the bad parts.
I don’t want to commiserate over bad books. I want to basket in the glow of awesome ones. Remember this friends.