My *realistic* Goodreads goals

Seeing as we are almost done with the first month of 2017 I thought it was fitting for me to set my Goodreads goals, And I’m glad I did it because a lot changed from 2016 to this year. Some of the things I plan to do this year is and that I’ve done is to set realistic goals, things that I just know I can accomplish and then once accomplished push a bit further.

 Into these goals will go the amount of books I will hopefully read since Last year I read a whooping total of 7 BOOKS! yay (not really) and like mentioned on my friday post () I’m done forcing myself to read more that I’m willing and I’m putting pleasure over quantity.
So I’ve divided my goals in a few parts, bear with me as I try to explain them to myself:

  • Amount: My goal is to read 25 books this year, small goal that if accomplished will be very exciting and if exceed thrilling. This year will hold a lot of changes in my life , grad school and a new state are probably going to put a dent on anything larger than that so that’s my goal on the reading department.
  • Money; I also set a budged for book , and that my friends is a first. I wont spend more that 20-30 dollars a month (If that) on books. I’ve made the bad habit of over spending on books and I realized at the beginning of this year that my room holds more unread books than read and I have to deal with it somehow. and the only way of dealign with it is by reading them right? haha oh logic does great things to my plans when its 3 am and I’m reorganizing my room.
  • Variarity: While doing that deed reorganization i realized that mainly I’ve been reading away too much contemporary and so i decided that branching out are a most. So soon ill be making a list of books from different genres that i just have to read AND RE-READ (I’m looking at you Withering heights!)
  • Writing : Although not a “reading” goal, ill just add it here for accountability. Since I’ll be moving and I won’ t know ANYONE there I figure I will have a time to spare, I will take u writing once more and hopefully put this thoughts into paper.

2017 will be a great year in all aspects of my life (Fingers crossed) and I can’t wait to set this goals on motion. What are your reading goals? Or any goals you will try to reach this year?

Epiphanies and reading slump | Chatty Fridays!

 

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Reading slumps.
Ive been thinking a lot about them and the reason why I’ve been constantly getting them. And not only thinking about them but experiencing one, the worst one of my entire life but something happened, sort of an epiphany if you will and that  (Wait for it bookworms!) It’s okay not to read sometimes! yes I said it.
I am aware that this a estrange statement to make, specially if you love reading and getting pulled into unimaginable worlds and lifes but I also feel is one that is so obvious that I’ve entirely missed it.

     I was never very prone to getting slumps and when I got them I would just shake them off by switching books or just taking a two day break from reading; that my friends? THAT has drastically changed in the past year. I’m not (Sort of) ashamed to say that I’ve been on a reading slump for a total of 14 months (yes that IS a year and and two months)
I haven’t read more than 10 books since 2015 and nothing and I mean NOTHING has inspired me to read beyond a couple of pages. I want to say that it has only affected my reading but this has impacted my writing and blogging resulting on me beating myself down for it
I’ve gone to the point of even questioning if I actually enjoy reading anymore and it doesn’t help that I’ve been telling myself that I have to suck it up it and force myself to pick up another book, to read another blog.

“I HAVE TO” do this has been my mind set.

Beginning of January. I was watching tv and my mom sits next to me picking up a book on my desk and she asks me (As concern as mother can be) “ Are you okay? you haven’t been reading anything since you got home.” I took a moment to answer and I just couldn’t find one thing to say. And that is when it finally hit me. the light at the end of the , the angelic chorus awaiting my entrance, The answer to my year long slump. My epiphany.
That simple question led me to an end of months of feeling so out of place with my reading. I realized that I DON’T HAVE to read more that I WANT to read.
Hear me out here, there is a big difference here “Having to” implies that someone is counting on me and that I’ve been seeing books as a chore instead of how they are really meant to be, *hint hint* Pleasure! I realized that yeah, I haven’t picked up a book in who knows how long but that is okay. Taking a break is great; doing what my heart is telling me is Amazing *Sparks*.
For some people that is an obvious concept but sometimes we don’t see the obvious things. We want to complicate them, twist them and make them into something they’re not.
So dear fellow reader Long story short, since I realized that I’ve been slowly but shortly getting back into the way of things. I’ve been reading the same book for two weeks now but thats okay; Soon I’ll finish it and eventually get back into my roll of reading, could be two books a weeks, five, seven or none and I’ll try to be fine with it.
So if you’re struggling with it, remember to just give it time. I can’t tell you how to get out the funk because I wouldn’t know seeing I’m still in the mist of one. Just remember to take this is as a journey of sorts; One in which we have to figure out on our own and realize that it’s one that wont last forever.
Because nothing lasts forever.

If you have experience with reading slumps , feel welcome to guide us out of it hahahaha