How to Read…And ENJOY IT + A Challenge for You

In my early high school years I used to love wasting the day away with a good book. Lately though, I struggle to sit down and read just once a month. There always seems to be something else I should be doing — something more productive.

And think about it. How many young adults do you know that call themselves avid readers? It’s a rare commodity. Most people, like me, feel they don’t have the time. Others don’t think they’ll enjoy it. Let me explain why this is a bit of a problem for me…

I am a total book buying aficionado.

Seriously. I pick great books…and I pick a lot of them. Family and friends frequently ask for recommendations, despite the fact I haven’t finished a book in the last six months. Oh, and I also have three bookshelves…and two Nooks. Basically I blow a lot of money on books I don’t end up reading.

So, when I was lacking inspiration/motivation a few weeks ago I decided to pick up a copy of Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Mr. Vizzini visited my high school several years ago to speak about the book and his time as a clinically depressed teenager in a psychiatric hospital. Since then, I’ve always wanted to read his book.

Yes…it’s been about three years and I’m just getting around to it now.

BUT, I came up with a simple solution shortly after starting the book last week.

To expedite the process of decluttering my bookshelves and bedroom, I’m going to choose a new read each Sunday…with the intentions of finishing it in one week.

For me, it’s not so much about finishing the book in one week. I know you’re thinking “Ain’t nobody got time for that, girl.” However, setting a reading goal each week helps motivate me to get started. I find that for many adults, especially myself, the challenge is often getting interested in a book. It’s easy to read a chapter or two and quit. It’s rewarding to at least make it to the middle of a book before deciding if you’ll continue.

I’m a bit OCD and usually can’t stand the thought of not eventually finishing a book, but I know most people don’t have this problem. However, I do think too many people judge a book by it’s cover/first few chapters. Trust me, you gotta get the ball rolling!

So where am I going with this?

I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a book club type series on the blog for AGES. While I’m still not sure if I’m ready to jump into that quite yet, I have a fun ‘lil idea for the summer. Each Sunday I’ll be posting my weekly read on Instagram and/or Twitter for ya’ll to see. You can then decide each week if you’d like to follow along! AND, if you guys are into it, that could just lead to a monthly installment on TBC. It’s really whatever you guys want to make it! We could have Twitter parties or discussions right here on TBC. But that’s down the road!

Now I’m off to try and finish It’s Kind of a Funny Story before tomorrow 🙂

xx,

Holly

Let me know in the comments below if this is something you’d be interested in and follow me on Instagram and Twitter if you’d like to keep up with it!

  • I’ve just discovered Stumble Upon and, as a result, have stumbled upon your blog! It’s funny because I’m a book blogger, yet I also struggle with the same things that you wrote about in this post. When I’m not reading, it’s easy to find other things to do, from online book shopping to indulging in a new TV show, but while I’m invested in reading a book, it’s the best feeling ever. I often do force myself to pick up a book and just read for a while, instead of doing something more distracting, mainly because I know that I’ll be glad that I did choose to pick up the book. But sometimes I just don’t feel like it, you know? I make myself TBR piles and lists because I know that I’ll love all of the books once I do read them all! Great idea, and I hope that it works well for you! I’ll definitely follow along with you on Instagram!