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?
I have completed 13 books, which is 26% towards my goal of 50 books. I feel like I have been reading at a snail’s pace lately, in part because I am still reading David Copperfield while trying to read a couple of non-fiction and poetry books. As I am attempting to focus (given previous lack of focus) on my health, you’ll likely see a few health-related books on my list. I would like to say that I will refocus this month, but given the warmer weather, hoping I can continue to plug away at David Copperfield! I’m enjoying it, but it might have been a better to tackle it in the fall/early winter as I tend to gravitate towards lighter reads in the warmer months.
I am long overdue for an update on my “goals” for 2015. Goals, you say?? Yes, the goals I have not mentioned since January. Whoops. Unfortunately, not much to report for the first quarter of 2015. I did get my act together starting in April and have really embraced yoga again. I’ve been consistently doing a yoga routine 3 or 4 times a week for a few weeks and can honestly say that I notice a difference. I am really trying to be present during my yoga time and have really noticed a difference in my range of motion and flexibility – I can finally touch my toes!
I would really like to maintain a consistent yoga practice (3 times a week) as I think it is good for my mind and body. However, I also need to refocus my efforts on improving my eating habits as I think that will increase the benefits of yoga and my overall health and well-being. I find it fascinating how I can be very disciplined in certain areas of my life, but seem to lack control when it comes to my eating habits. I will start off really well and then I tend to give in to stress-eating or cravings. I need to have more balance as it relates to my eating habits. I will have to figure out my game plan for May. Wish me luck!
As I mentioned in my last post, I love the Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets series. Slowly but surely, I have been adding to my collection — and also trying to read more of my current collection! I love the different covers and the size of the book is perfect – portable where I can keep a book in my bag or purse. I also love checking out used bookstores to see if I can find books to add to my collection.
Do you have any favorite poetry books or collections?
April is National Poetry Month! As you can see from my completed books last year, along with my completed books so far this year, I’ve rekindled my love of poetry. In honor of National Poetry Month, I’ve pulled a few poetry books from my shelves that I would like to read over the next month or two. I love the Everyman’s Library Pocket Poet books and thought that On Wings of Song would be a good one to welcome Spring.
Do you have any favorite poets or poems to celebrate National Poetry Month?