Friday, January 13, 2017

My 2017 Reading List

You know what? I can't even recall the last time I actually planned out what I wanted to read over the course of a year. In the past, I kinda just went about my reading in a nonchalant way. For the longest time I made myself believe that I wasn't a good reader. I wasn't like the rest of the bookworms out there ― plowing through page after page, finishing books right and left. I'll admit that I'm a slow reader (I downloaded an app to help my reading speed), but that doesn't necessarily mean that I'm a bad reader.

Way back in August, while visiting Haslam's Book Store, I purchased a copy of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury as recommended by my friend, Charlene (from Charlene Zale). I read the first chapter or two after bringing it home, but then I placed it aside in hopes of finishing a different book I was reading at the time. Well, let's fast forward to December. As I mentioned before, I was stuck working 12 hour shifts almost that entire month. Some days were very slow, but I was thankful because it gave me time to catch up on my GED work and read a bit. I decided to dive back into Fahrenheit 451, and to my surprise, I finished it in a matter of days! I'm not exaggerating when I say that every single person should read this book at some point in their life. It was such an eye-opener and definitely reignited a passion for reading inside of me. Reading (knowledge) is such a powerful tool. Without it, we are basically doomed as a society.

With all that being said, reading that book made me want to read more often. It helped me to realize that it doesn't matter if I'm a slow reader. What matters is that I actually put time aside to read. Slow progress is still progress. For the first time in a long time, I actually made a reading game plan for the year. I'm not trying to strive for 100, 50, or even 25 books. I've picked 12 books (one for each month) that I'd like to read. I knew that I needed to be realistic with my goal and I think this amount will be best for me.

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1 comment:

  1. It's always so fun putting together lists of what you want to read! I was going to comment that I hadn't heard of Satisfied, and then I saw the author. I used to go to Jeff Manion's church when I was in college and absolutely loved it- I had no idea he had books out now!