If you’re a book worm or just someone who loves the idea of reading but haven’t quite broke the seal or bent many spines, maybe you can set yourself a no pressure or stress reading challenge. Maybe ditch the word ‘challenge’ and just replace it with ‘goal’ or something less pressurising as such. For me I am following the Goodreads Challenge – Click to head over to mine. It’s a great way of feeling inspired to join others in reading and seeing who has set goals for themselves.
Last year I was so busy with becoming a stay at home carer for the three beasts that I rarely had time to fart (Yes I said it). I would lie in the bath and just feel so tired that all I wanted to do was listen to a podcast, music or just lie there simmering in the hot beautiful scented water until I pruned.
I was committed to my Stephen King novel for the first few months of being an at home carer but then it fizzled out when I started NanoWriMo In November where I dedicated the month to writing my novel. Reading was replaced with writing and It felt right. But in January I knew I wanted to read more to improve my grammar and increase my knowledge to help with my own novel. They say reading helps your mind and creativity and I couldn’t agree more. I adore getting stuck into a good book. So this year, 2021 I wanted to set myself a goal. I then saw that people were doing the Goodreads challenge and thought it was the perfect way to log my reading and just be inspired.
Taking on the challenge and setting goals
With any goal setting or challenges, the first step is simply to start. Whether that be a walking challenge, workout one or reading for that matter; Starting is the hardest part but the most important. So I worked out the books I’d like to read and got stuck in. I was half way though my Stephen King novel ‘Sleeping beauties’ and the remainder of the book was essentially a book in itself since just like ‘IT’, it is set into two parts. So I read pretty much the entire half of the novel in one sitting which was insanely inspiring and motivating. I finally stopped doubting myself and it went from there really.
I felt so ready and happy and gave myself a few days out to do some work and then started on my next book. My goal for 2021 is to read at least 20 books; A Small goal for some, but a mighty one for me considering I only read one book in 2020. So 20 books in 12 months would mean two books per month for the first few months and then at least one book each month after that. I’m on two completed books currently and have already started my next!
My 2021 reading goal list
- Sleeping beauties – Stephen King and Owen King – Done
- Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine – Gail Honeyman – Done
- An Edited Life – Anna Newton – Currently reading
- The little book of Hygge – Meik Wiking
- Feed your face – DR Jessica WU
- The weight of small things – Julie Lancaster
- The Woods – Vanessa Savage – done
- The Hunted – Gabriel Bergmoser
- Skulduggery Pleasant ‘Playing With Fire’ – Derek Landy
- Ninja School Mum – Lizzie Chantree
- Reprobation – Catherine Fearns
- The Tower – Anne-Marie Ormsby
- A Place called perfect – Helena
- The Reason I jump – Naoki Higashida
- Reasons to stay alive – Matt Haig
- Chasing the Case – Joan Livingston
- Little black book – Dtegha Uwag
- The Skincare bible – Dr Anjali
- Imperfect Women – Araminta Hall
- The Silence of the lambs – Thomas Harris
Thank you for reading. I hope you have enjoyed this post and are inspired to set your own reading goals if you feel ready. Remember not to put too much pressure on yourself. The most important thing about reading is enjoying it!