30 Books and a New Year’s Resolution

The Goodreads Challenge. Last year in January, I signed myself up for 50 books, thinking that I’d be able to blow that number out of the water. Fast-forward to May, when I picked up my sparkling red scooter from the motorcycle shop and began riding it to work every day. Suddenly, my reading time was cut drastically – my commute on public transit is at least 45 minutes each way every day.

Suddenly, I had 1.5 hours less of reading time per day.

In the summer, I found it hard to finish any books because I would just get halfway through before it was time to return the book to the library.

So by the time December rolled around and I had to put my scooter away because well, who wants to ride when it’s -10 degrees (celsius), I had only read a handful of my 50 books.

I have to say I’m pretty disappointed with my total of 20 for the year – just because there are soooo many good books out there and obviously I’ll never get to all of them.

So anyway, I’ve selected 30 for my Goodreads Challenge this year. I think this is doable if I just put my mind to it a bit more, especially in the summer months when I’m not using transit for my commute. I’ve certainly got a headstart in the first part of January, so I think I’ll be on the right track.

That brings me to my new year’s resolution. I know what you think I’m going to say – that I want to read more books. And yeah, of course I do (don’t we all!). But more specifically I really want to do is spend LESS time scrolling mindlessly through Facebook (a timewaster that probably sucks more of my reading time than not taking transit, if we’re being honest) and MORE time reading. If I have the urge to mindlessly scroll instead of pick up a book and read, then I’ll try to go on WordPress and engage with some other bloggers and see what else is out there, instead of wasting my time.

Well, that’s it. How many books did you read last year, and do you subscribe to the Goodreads Challenge? How do you get to your goal or what is it that holds you back? I’d love to hear about it in your comments.

3 thoughts on “30 Books and a New Year’s Resolution”

  1. I read about 175 out of 100 last year, but this year I upped the number to 200. I have a lot of reading time because I’ve decided to not just sit there in class when I finish my work but instead to read. This number might change once I start college or start working in a summer job.

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