Hello! How’ve Y’all been? Well, it’s continued to be rather rainy up here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. But, I’ve heard the sun is soon forthcoming. *insert happy dance*
So, every year I challenge myself to read a few more books than the previous year. I’m usually a bit further along from where I am today. However, these past two weeks I’ve made some progress.
Before I get into my reading challenge, allow me to share these two beauties. I’ve been looking forward to these.
Courtesan by Diane Haegar is an absolute labor of love. I came across this book a few times, and each time I was pressed to grab a copy, but never did. So, imagine my surprise when I learned the beautiful cover which I can never forget belonged to a social media “friend?!” Once I connected the dots, I knew I had to grab a copy. It’s fate. It’s meant to be.
Duty to the Crown by Aimie K. Runyan appeared in an online book club I’m in. I will admit, I’m a sucker for a great cover. And both of these books have great covers that draw me in. They both are also historical fiction which is a genre I enjoyed but hadn’t been reading much of, as of late.
If you follow me on Goodreads, HERE, you’ll see my book reviews. I apologize I don’t have a ton of them up. My account got hacked earlier this year. I was able to get it back, but all of my 500+ read books were gone. Hence my effort to step up my game when it comes to reading.
The following image contains my reads of the past two weeks. That’s my kindle at the top of the stack, which contains more of what I read. If you follow me on Instagram @itsrosecastro or Twitter @RoseCastro, I typically share what I’m currently reading.
Yes, my two books are in the mix. Why? Because in all honesty, I had not read these in paperback form. I figured it was time, so there you have it.
Reading isn’t just a hobby for someone like me. I know I’m not alone when I say this, reading offers so much more. It’s not just an escape in the moment, but adventures the author takes you on in which you can visualize and feel so much more.
I don’t usually plow through this many books on a consistent basis. But, I needed a break from writing because A) my teenager is busy getting ready to graduate, and if you follow my blogs, you’ll know, that he usually helps me. B) I got new glasses, and I’m having a tough time adjusting to these. So, they are rendering me useless in the writing department. C) I needed to step up my game in the reading department. I’ve noticed when I don’t read as often my creative juices become stagnant. No one wants stagnant writing. I’m a believer in reading while you write. I think it’s important. It helps us grow as writers. But that’s just my opinion. And you know what they say about those? *wink*
My original goal for the year was more than 25-books. No particular length. I’m at 12 so far, and it’s not quite the middle of the year. I think I’ll exceed my challenge, so long as my health and eyesight permit.
What are your reading goals?
There is no right or wrong answer. I have a lot of family and friends *cough my husband cough* who claim not to enjoy reading. Personally, I think it’s because they haven’t found a book that can pull them in. You have to be willing to invest your time. Many books start off a little slower. So, if you only make it to the fourth chapter, you might not have gone far enough to get hooked in. Trust me, most of us prolific readers are the same.
Just remember, pick a book in a genre that interests you. It doesn’t have to be a literary classic. Heck, I started out with comic books, and I still enjoy these very much, thank you. Don’t allow others to influence your likes and dislikes. In other words, don’t be intimidated if what you have to offer is, “I really enjoyed XYZ by LMNOP.” Others might want to get into the nitty gritty, but you don’t have to. I love ‘The Odyssey’ and ‘The Iliad’ by Homer. Most of my close acquaintances don’t, and that’s OK.
Create a reading area that is free of distraction, with comfortable seating, and grab a book of your choice. It can be 30 pages or 300. The point is to read.