Another year come and gone, and many more novels, short stories, novellas etc… under my belt. In 2016 I set the rather unrealistic goal of reading 100 books in the year. Although I did not hit that magic number 100, I’m quite proud of my 58 novels read.
I’m also quite happy, because setting a goal that was so far out of reach, made me realize how to better manage my time to accommodate all the reading I want to get done. I love reading, and I have found that with all the demands of life, including my own writing, it can be easy to spend less time reading for pleasure. And yet, when I make time to read as much as possible, I find the rewards seep into virtually every aspect of my life.
In 2017 I plan to read even more!
*I did not count any novels where I read less than 50%, and sadly there were several of those. I have a hard time putting a book down, even when I’m not enjoying it, or worse, when it makes me miserable trying to get through it. It feels very defeatist to me. But 2016 showed me that there are just too many good books, and not enough time, to waste my reading hours on stories I don’t enjoy.