Hello blog, it’s been a while.
Last time I wrote a post, it was a recap of the Dublin Book Festival, which was in the midst of NaNoWriMo. I won’t get into it right now, but last year’s NaNo didn’t go well. Long story short, I didn’t finish. I was about 15k short. I do plan on finally finishing and publishing the post I wrote about WHY it didn’t go well and what I’ve learned from that, but today is not that day.
Anyway, it’s a new year and so that means it’s another opportunity to be the reader/ writer I want to be!
My #30bookschallenge last year didn’t really work out and it feels kind of pathetic to me that I didn’t even read 30 measly books. Just 30. I read almost 50 the year before and last year I think I read about 20 or so. The whole point of the challenge was to regain my love of reading and I totally failed in that regard. Even though I only read 20 books, most of those still felt like a chore to get through, and that’s just not me.
This year I want to read. I want to read often and I want to WANT to read. That’s the goal!
I recently came across the Modern Mrs Darcy reading challenge (shoutout to Pretty Purple Polka Dots for writing about it!) Basically, the challenge is choosing a book to read that revolves around a theme. There are 12 themes this year so that’s one for each month. THIS I can do, and the fact that there are themes makes it fun. I have so many books on my shelves that I bought ages ago and haven’t yet read, so this is a chance for me to do that.
Here are the themes:
Already, I have a few books in mind.
A book of poetry: Idiot Verse by Keaton Henson
A book by a favourite author: Our Dark Duet by V. E. Schwab
A memoir: The Diving-Bell & the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
A classic: Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
A book you can read in a day: Binti Home by Nnedi Okorafor
I’m feeling excited about this challenge, so hopefully that feeling won’t leave me as time goes on!
What are you reading this year? Are you participating in a challenge? Let me know in the comments!