Note: This is the first in a series of posts about my goals for the year 2020. After I talk about all of my goals in January, I will give one monthly update post about my goal progress.
I fully admit, I have a bit of a problem when it comes to books. I literally have shelves full of them at home and, prior to my spending ban, I was completely obsessed with constantly adding to my collection.
My love of books began at a very young age. When I was a baby/toddler my brother was learning to read so my mom would have him practice reading to me. It was good for him to read aloud and I was a captive and encouraging audience.
When it came time for me to learn I was well ahead of the curve. I continued to read well above my level throughout school and in middle school my teachers quickly found that if they gave me an extra book to read during class work time that I would stop being so disruptive to the other students. Since I finished Of Mice and Men the first night it was assigned, I got to read The Grapes of Wrath. Since I recited the Gettysburg Address first in Civics class I got to read Black Like Me. I also had to write reports for my teachers to prove understanding of what I was reading but I didn’t mind. My hunger for books drove me to find lists of classics that I had to read before I die and books that I needed to read before I went to college.
I spent most of my spare time reading. The 7th Harry Potter book came out at midnight on my 17th birthday. My sister waited in line for it and brought it to me in the morning and I spent the entire day reading, blocking out everything else. My mom had to remind me to eat that day! I just wanted to avoid any major spoilers.
I worked at a library in college so I was able to keep some of the reading habit alive, though not nearly as well as I had in high school. As a young professional adult my habit diminished more and more each year until it was virtually non-existent.
But I still identified as a bookworm so I continued to accrue books whenever I could.
Finally in 2018 I decided to push myself to include a reading goal with my yearly goals and decided I would read 12 books – one book per month. I started to realize how much I was missing it. In 2019 I doubled that goal to 24 and achieved that as well! I had to cram a bit at the end but that made me enjoy it even more!
In 2020 my goal is to read 32 books. Mostly because 32 fit nicely on my tracking sheet… I would love to stretch that goal to 52 and finish one book per week but for now I am just going to focus on reading at least one chapter every day.
I already finished three books in 2020 and have started on my fourth. I am hoping to make a big dent in the number of books that are on my shelves this year. At the very least, I am going to touch each and every book on my shelf to decide if I truly even want to read it as part of my decluttering goals.
Wish me luck!