What a funny year this has turned out to be.
When I started this blog, I was in a job that I liked and had been doing for a while, so I could afford the mental space to relax a bit, read books and spend the time blogging and reviewing. Things started to change at work, and I enjoyed it less, so I retreated even more into books as a restorative balm. And when I say retreated- I pretty much hibernated into reading.
I had set a goal for myself to read 50 books in the year 2016 on GoodReads. I felt that was reasonable and something I could look forward to completing. I had no idea that I would ever do something like this… 171 books- that’s 342% more than my goal.
And about two months ago I started a fantastic new job at a new company. I am being stretched in new and exciting ways in my new role, and it’s thrilling. I expected that my reading would subsequently decrease as I engage more with getting acclimated to the new job. But I am working much closer to home and am finally able to use the mass transit system, which means I can read on the train and if I can’t read, I can at least listen to an audiobook. If anything, this new commute time has added to my reading time, not hindered it. And my new company cares about that oft thrown about phrase “Work/Life Balance” so I am not answering emails all night and weekend. It’s marvelous.
And not only is the year not over with yet, but we are coming up on the next “Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon” that I loved so much six months ago. I am hoping to use this as an opportunity to get closer to 200 books read this year. At this clip, I think it is possible.
But with all that reading, I have been awful at the writing and blogging side and now is the time to pick it back up.
So I wanted to pop back in, say hello and get back into the spirit of blogging about books. I have some exciting books on the horizon and some gems that I want to share from my reading this year.
I hope you will check back from time to time! So please tell me, how is your reading year going? What have been your favorite books? I would love to hear from you.
That’s it for now. I am off to start planning my proposed pile for the readathon next weekend.