Hello! Welcome to my new blog. As well as posting my latest photography work here, I also want it to be a place to connect with people about a varied amount of subjects. Here we begin with my 2017 reading challenge.
Every year I set myself a personal goal of reading 25 books. I don’t think I have ever made that goal. Quite consistently I get to around 20-23 books, which I’m still proud of. However, I would really like to hit that 25 book mark so I can a) say ‘I read 25 books this year ?’ and b) feel like I’m not missing out on all the literary goodness. I am not just succumbing to Netflix for entertainment (that’s for another blog post).
It’s just over half way through the year, and I have finished… 10 books! I have started many more than that, but I’m slowly getting used not forcing myself to finish a book if I’m just not gripped by it.
To see the list of books, feel free to head to my Goodreads page and have a nosey.
2017 Reading Challenge Favourites… So far!
There have been a couple of stand out books so far this year.
A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson
I have never, ever read a travel journal before but after reading this one I will most definitely be reading more. It’s funny and honest, but mostly just so interesting to learn about the world through reading about someone who’s actually there, exploring.
The Sun Is Also a Star
I’d heard a lot about this book before reading it, but I still went into it not really expecting much. It totally surprised me (don’t you love it when books do that?) with how deep and how clever the writing way. It touched on subjects which where so new to me, and the writing made you feel like you where right there with the characters the whole time. The novel is set over just one day, the concept was fantastic.
We – Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadal
I heard about this book a few days before it was released because the two authors where being interviewed on ITV one morning. I was watching the first season of The X Files at the time, so I was very much fangirling Gillian Anderson. The concept of a book directed at helping women spiritually and mentally sounded like something I needed. The book is almost like a bible that you can turn to when you need a bit of advice or to unwind a cluttered mind. It’s split into chapters or principals such as trust, love and calm. The book features some very frank and honest discussions about the ladies own personal struggles with the subjects and different exercises that can bring you relief and strength. As a 24 year old women, hearing these stories about mental health and wellbeing struggles from older women so refreshing. Although it isn’t groundbreaking, it’s the kind of book I will keep in my bedside table and recommend to my female friends.
Reading slumps are very real things – most of the time it just doesn’t matter if I’m going through a reading slump. To be honest, they are just annoying. I love the feeling of finding a good book, and even more finishing that book and choosing something new. The last couple of months I’ve been flip flopping between a few different books, and not really finishing any of them at all. However, last weekend I found myself stuck somewhere for a few hours. My phone soon ran out of battery, and all I had in my bag was a book that I was avoiding. Cut to about 4 hours later, and that book was finished. It wasn’t the best thing I’d ever read, but oh my word I loved just sitting down to read again during the day time.
I’m really interested to know and follow along if anyone else is doing a ‘reading challenge’. What have you been reading recently?