The One Where I Read More

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?

  • It’s such a good idea to set yourself goals like this, I really should do it!
    I find that I always buy books that I plan on reading and never get round to them, all the while books are piling up around my house. I go through fits and starts of reading a book a week for a couple of months and then nothing for half a year!

    I find the best way to easy myself in to reading again is starting with a few short and breezy novels and then working my way up to something more substantial!

    I’m yet to read the new Bill Bryson but I’m really looking forward to it! Have you read On The Road before? I read it as a teenager and I think it’s what kickstarted my need to travel – I’d be interested to know what you think of it when you get round to reading it and see if it still holds up!

    • I do the same, Dave. I buy books with the best of intentions and then all of a sudden I’ve still got 10 to go through 6 months later!

      I’ve taken your advice though and started with something a bit lighter, it’s definitely getting me into more of a habit of reading. I’ll have to let you know what the Bill Bryson book is like too 🙂 I haven’t read On The Road before though, I kind of feel like it’s one of those books I have to read for some reason but I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it. I’ll let you know what I think but it might be in a few months time, ha!

  • I’m aiming for 40 this year, I’m a quick reader but I failed massively on 52 last year! I find the best way to make progress is to reserve time before bed where you ditch all your screens and just read. It’s amazing how many pages you can get through in even just half a hour!
    ~ Kate xx

    • I honestly don’t know how you get through so many 🙈​ I’m definitely finding going to bed a bit earlier and blocking out all technology helps though. I think 40 is still a huge amount to go through but I’m sure you’ll do it! And if you have any book recommendations, let me know 🙂

  • I think that’s the same with me Peta, I’m just too tired at the end of the day but it’s definitely more relaxing than scrolling through my phone so i’m trying to put at least a bit of time aside at the end of each day to read. Even if I do then only make it through a few pages before my eyes are heavy!

  • I find I get a better night sleep too if I read before bed. It’s strange isn’t it? I never thought about reading in the morning either but I think I’d find myself in a similar situation as you where I then struggle even more to get out of bed!