Something happened at the beginning of this year that sparked something unusual for me.
I read a book. Then another. Then another. And another. I was finishing books so fast, faster than I had ever finished books before and I wanted to keep reading. So, in an attempt to keep the streak running, I challenged myself to read 50 books in one year. That's just under one book a week.
Hard, right? Since I work full time, don't have the same schedule week to week, seems impossible.
Well, I'm halfway through 2015 and I have read 29 books.
I hardly can believe it. That's more than half the challenge, so I'm actually ahead of myself.
This might not seem like much to some people, but for me it is. It's not that I don't like reading but, I've never been an avid reader. 29 books is 29 books more than I read in 2014. Reading books in High School and College was like pulling teeth and I rarely read the books (thanks SparkNotes, Sorry Mrs. Oakley). I just was always more entertained by something else. My mom, an avid reader, has voiced a slight sadness about my lack of interest in reading in the past.
When I was little, and was learning to read my parents were reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Suess to me. My mom said that I remembered the rhyme of the book, recited it back and proclaimed, very enthusiastically, "I'm reading! I'm readingggg!!"
Now, with almost every book I finish, I call my mom and announce, "I'm reading! I'm readingggg!!" (maybe to her slight annoyance.)
My favorite book that I have read has been Where'd You Go Bernadette, by Maria Semple, and I think I've recommended it to anyone that will listen. I currently am taking my time (because I have some to spare) finishing The Goldfinch by Donna Tart, which has been recommended to me by more people than any other book since I started this challenge.
If you want to see what else I've read, you can find me and follow my progress on Goodreads.com, which has become one of my favorite websites this year.
And I'm taking recommendations! Tell me what I should read!