Read All About It!

I’ve decided to focus on a singular goal for my 2014.  I can’t decide if it is too ambitious or too easy if I am honest about things.  I also don’t mean by sharing my singular goal here that I won’t do things to improve in other areas.  Actually, I think this one singular goal lends itself easily to helping in all areas depending on my choices throughout the year.   My big plan for this year is this… book14

That breaks down into me reading one book each week in 2014.   I have an ongoing list of books I’d like to read.  I have a few books on the Kindle app that I need to read.  I’ll have an entire library at my disposal-once I pay our overdue book fees, ahem.  It happens that I placed an on-line order with Barnes & Noble during Christmas that convinced me to get a free trial of their membership card so I could obtain free shipping which also allows for a nice discount in the store, and there are 2 used book stores within a decent distance of me.

So, what kinds of books will I be reading?

All types!  J suggested I could just read picture books and I do love picture books but I will most likely be reading chapter books of all types.   My plan is to not limit myself with any certain type of book.   I probably won’t be counting smaller picture books but I just finished reading my book for the week, a young adult novel, so it’s not as if I’m going to say that I’ll only be reading classics, nonfiction works, or self-improvement books.   Who knows, I may even find myself brave enough to tackle a Stephen King novel once again (the last Stephen King novel I read was The Tommyknockers when I had first moved out on my own.  Walking around in the middle of the night with my cordless phone–this was before cell phones were ubiquitous–made me realize I should give up reading scary stuff for a while.)  My plan is to share the book I read the week before in each of my Monday Weekly Planning Posts.

Why not do some sort of book club on the blog?

I want to read just for the enjoyment of reading with no pressure!  It’s this flaw I have where as soon as I feel like I have to do something, then I don’t want to do it anymore.  That applies even if it was something I wanted to do in the first place.  I don’t want any of my blog readers to feel pressured to have to play along and keep up with an extra task either.  I’ll share what I read along with a few of my thoughts (basically, whether or not I actually liked what I read) the week after I’ve read the book.  Then, if you’ve read it yourself and want to discuss something about it, we can do so in the comments.  If you haven’t read it, you can decide if maybe you’d like to read the book and put it on your list of books you’d like to read.

How did you come up with this (insert your adjective of choice…silly, insane, ambitious, ridiculous) idea?

I simply realized that sadly, I had stopped making reading just to read a priority.  I could discuss in-depth more of the recent series I’d binge-watched on Netflix than I could name the last 3 books I read.   When I started joining in the Starting Successful on Monday posts over at Felicia’s Red Door Life, one of the categories entitled “What I am reading this week” always threw me.   However, it also made me start looking for books to read again.   I love reading newspapers, magazines and blog posts, of course, but there is just something about losing myself in a book.

A Few Final Notes

Thanks to a speed reading course I took back in my high school days, I happen to be a very fast reader.  Speaking of high school stuff, I also want to take a chance to mention just this once how much I cringe every time I put the title of a book in italics rather than underline it.  I know it is for the sake of the blog and the accepted grammar for that purpose but oh, how it drives me crazy!   I am not sure I would have been able to do a challenge like this when my boys were younger since they demanded a bit more of my time and even as a fast reader, reading a longer novel in a week would not have been likely.  Now, I can go into my older son’s room and borrow reading material like I did this week.


Of course, there is really only one way to end this post and that is by asking if you’ve read any good books lately?  Leave me a comment and let me know.

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23 thoughts on “Read All About It!

  1. Felicia

    I love this challenge! I keep a book log list for each year and try to challenge myself to meet or pass the last years book total.

    I spent a lot of years letting reading go because of the children and missed it so much. I am now making up for it.

    I can’t wait to see what you will be reading this year. I know you can make your goal!
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    1. Jean Post author

      I’m glad to know I am not the only person who let reading slide a bit while trying to keep up with the kids a bit. I remember my mom reading all the time so maybe if I start this now, they’ll remember that about me. I like the idea of keeping a book log list for the year..I have to remember that.

  2. Beverly

    Have u read the Hunger Game books? I enjoyed them verymuch and each book is not that long. More later

    1. Jean Post author

      Actually, I have read those and liked them although did not care much for the first movie–something about seeing the premise on the screen disturbed me more than the books. I opted to skip going to the second movie.

    1. Jean Post author

      I love it! Thank you for sharing that one. I did book bingo with the boys over the summer but would have never thought to do it for myself.

    1. Jean Post author

      That one sounds like a great goal…I used to have trouble with that one. I wonder if I it will make me sound like I’m a million years old if I say it seems to get easier to be less judgmental and forgiving of myself and others as I get older?


    I read all the time. I stop what I’m doing most days at 3:00 and have a coke and read for about half an hour. I’m a fast reader, too, so I can get through a lot of books with just 30 minutes a day. Not that I limit myself to only 30. Sometimes I read too much. If I’m working on a quilt, I usually quilt in the evening, but if I’m not, I read.

    Loved this statement: “It’s this flaw I have where as soon as I feel like I have to do something, then I don’t want to do it anymore.” I’m the same way!

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    1. Jean Post author

      That seems like a great plan for when I am at home. Glad to know I’m not the only rebel out there! I will definitely check out that blog–thanks for the suggestion!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks! I keep getting great suggestions for reading ideas and materials and I think I already have more than 52 books I’d like to read this year…

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  5. Deanna

    I’m currently reading Remember Me? by Sophia Kinsella. It’s a really good book. I’m about 50 pages from the end, or something like that. There are so many twists, I can’t keep my head straight. The other book I read was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. That was super good also.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll have to check them out. I am growing a bit wary of the young adult genre so should probably venture to the library instead of continuing to borrow my son’s books.

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