Well, we’re a good 3 months into 2017 now. I mean, tomorrow marks the end of March, can you believe it?
I definitely can’t.
Time goes by so quickly but I guess that means that I’m enjoying myself, filling my life with good memories and experiences.
That’s what I’m telling myself anyway. Not that I’m getting older and life just seems to go by quicker as the years go on. Man, now I sound like my Grandad.
Any way, at the beginning of the year, one of the things I wanted to do more was to read more. I set myself a challenge of reading 12 books.
Yes, 12. Not 52 like most people seem to do. To everyone that seems to go through a new book every week, how do you do it? HOW?
12 to me is realistic. I wouldn’t say I’m a slow reader but I’m definitely easily distracted. No matter how into a book I am, my mind will go wandering on to some random thought or any troubles I’m having.
So, I set the challenge of 12 books. I even stock bought a pile of books which I’m currently working my way through.
The only thing is, I’m still on book one. And I’m not even nearing the end of book one. I’m about 150 pages of 400 through book one.
What am I doing? Well, I don’t know. I honestly don’t know.
I mean, I’m not reading, obviously.
But how do people find time to read 52 books?
Maybe I procrastinate too much, spend too long on social media or watching shitty TV shows like Home and Away – please don’t judge me. Ain’t no book going to stop me from watching that show.
Maybe I just don’t make the time to read.
And I need to. It’s good for me, I know it is and I do love reading a good book.
The book I’m reading now for example is called “The Art Of Fielding”. I bought it off Amazon as it was a non-travel related book. It’s also a book that hasn’t been turned into a film – something which is a recurring theme in the tales I buy.
It’s just a story. A good story about an American kid playing baseball, making it into the big leagues and all the people around him and the relationships that are formed around this much loved American game.
I’m really enjoying it but it’s a slow one. Maybe I’m the slow one.
Maybe I just need to make more effort.
Because on my shelf to read, I have…
Becoming by Laura Jane Williams
The Beach by Alex Garland
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
The Road To Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
None of them are obscure. They’re all by well known, popular writers. In fact, I’ve read the beach already, I just want to re-read it because I love it so much. At the pace though, I’ll be lucky to get through them all by the end of the year. But, there’s no pressure. There’s no rush to get through these books, I just need to get reading a book into my routine again. And more importantly, enjoy it as much as I enjoy going for a walk or hanging out with my friends.
With that in mind, it’s time to move my bum from the couch, get some comfy PJs on, climb into bed and get lost in The Art Of Fielding.
Although there is a pretty interesting show on about The Galapagos right now…
Do any of you have this struggle? Getting through books really slowly? Do you have any tips on getting stuck into a few more books in the coming months?