I have completed 39 books so far this year, which is 78% towards my goal of 50 books. I think it will be a stretch to hit my goal, but I’m not completely ruling it out, as I hope to carve out some quality reading time over the holidays. ;-) I always look forward to some quiet time over the holidays to sit with a book and a cup of tea.
I have completed 35 books, which is 70% towards my goal of 50 books. I really enjoyed Under the Wide and Starry Sky and highly recommend for any fans of Robert Louis Stevenson! I’m also finished with Bill Bryson’s Shakespeare: The World as Stage. I would like to incorporate more poetry through the end of the year, and I’m taking an inventory of my shelves and “plan to read” lists to see what I would like to tackle before the end of the year. While I don’t think I will hit my goal this year, I’ve read some really great books in 2015. :)
I have completed 32 books, which is 64% towards my goal of 50 books This was definitely a month of non-fiction… I’d like to get back to some fiction and poetry over the next couple of months. I will need to take another look at my shelves – there are a number of books I would like to tackle before the end of the year. I feel like I hit a bit of a reading slump over the summer, but plan to immerse myself in this book.
While I continue to plug away with my reading, I’ve also been thinking that I really need to put all of my beautiful blank books and journals to good use! In addition to collecting books, I seem to have a “thing” with writing journals and blank books. I love to purchase them with the great intentions of getting back into writing, and then the journals sit on my shelve collecting dust. Hopefully I’m not the only one out there with this habit! :D
I’ve never been big on “journaling”, but I’ve started thinking that I could really benefit from this practice. I love to write, but as I’ve mentioned in the past, I really haven’t made the time to foster and support creativity. Part of the issue with breaking into my journals is that I don’t want to “ruin” my beautiful journals, and part of the issue is that the perfectionist side of my rears its ugly head and if I don’t have something that I think is worth saving in a journal (i.e. a great poem, thought, etc), I tear out the page. I’ve made a few attempts at some free writing, started and then didn’t keep with a gratitude journal, and also jotted down some reflections. I would like to get back into the practice of writing – I just need to figure out where I want to start. Perhaps I’ll start with some of the writing prompts I’ve received from a writing class and online?
Any fellow writers or wannabe writers with tips or words of encouragement?
I have completed 28 books, which is 56% towards my goal of 50 books. I made some good progress this month and also tackled a few books on my shelves, which always feels good, and I continue to include a variety of books in the mix. :) I really enjoyed The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.
I have completed 24 books, which is 48% towards my goal of 50 books. I fell behind with my reading goal earlier this year, but I’ve made some progress over the last two months. This month’s reads including a mixture of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, with some recent reads more focused on my plant-based changes.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve created a new blog to focus on my efforts and transition to a plant-based lifestyle. For those of you who have followed some of my health and yoga-related posts, you’ll now see that content on my new blog, Plant-Based Changes.
I’ll continue to sprinkle in some “food” and “fun” topics here, but will primarily focus on books. :)
I have completed 18 books, which is 36% towards my goal of 50 books. After completing David Copperfield, I think I will be focused on some lighter reads with the warmer months ahead. I’m fairly behind in my reading progress for the year, but I felt a renewed interest in reading over the last few weeks, so hopefully that continues! Also, as a heads up to my fellow readers out there, you’ll likely see an uptick in health-related books/topics. I continue to try to make some small efforts with an increased focus on my health and one way to help with the process is information — books! :) I also have a second blog in the works, where I plan to transition more of my health-related topics, so stay tuned!
Now that I have one of the songs from The Sound of Music in my head, I’ll get to my post. After meeting my best friend for coffee and great conversation, I came home and reflected on some of the topics we discussed. Simplifying our lives, using what you own, focusing on balance, mindfulness and health, finding the time to enrich yourself and do what you love, the list goes on… I realized a couple of things. I need to refocus on the illusive “balance” that I continue to seek – balance with my work, personal time/interests, health and well-being. I also need to really assess all of the “things” I have at home. I still have clothes hanging in my closet (with tags on) that I will likely never wear, items shoved in the corners of my closet, and (now take a deep breath), some of my books. Don’t get me wrong — I LOVE my books, but I have also realized that at the rate I purchase books compared to what I read, which is a mixture of books I own and books from the library, I will likely never finish reading everything I own! I really took some time going through my bookshelves and giving them some tough love. I’ve justified having 4 copies of some of my Jane Austen books, but do I really need 4 copies? I started pulling some duplicate copies off of my shelves, along with some books that I’ve read and will likely not read or look at again, along with some books that I picked up that I honestly don’t think I will ever read (some dense non-fiction/reference books). I even went through my cookbook collection. I’ve picked up different books with some good intentions or to try to expand my interests, but I’ve really pared it down to books/authors I really love and/or what I really want to read.
One of my many goals is to be selective about future book purchases and only purchase books that I think I will truly love and want to add to my collection. While it was sad to see some of my books go, I have to say I felt a little lighter, in part from the weight of thinking about all of the unread books on my shelves! I tend to do a review of my shelves and purge some books every year or so, but this weekend I rounded up five bags of books. Now I hope to tackle my closets and recommit to some goals – reading, balance and healthy living.
I’m happy to say that I finally finished David Copperfield. It took me a while between a busy couple of months at work and also trying to multitask and read a couple of a books at the same time. I really enjoyed this book — I think my favorite Dickens book is still Great Expectations, but once I immersed myself in David Copperfield, I couldn’t put it down. The book is written from the perspective of David and follows him through his journeys in life, including various trials, challenges and successes. There is a great cast of characters with interesting backgrounds, some you fall in love with and some you love to hate.
I’ve read different reviews and perspectives on the book, where some suggest that this book includes many autobiographical references and parallels to his life, with the “DC” of David Copperfield being Dickens’ initials. Dickens has referred to David Copperfield as a “favorite child” of his written works. Others make the argument that while it was written in the first person and there are some parallels to experiences and individuals in his life, the book portrays a blend of fiction and truth. If you’ve read the book, what do you think?