I talk a good fight, but have not been acting like an avid reader for far too long. I have many books waiting in the TBR pile, longing silently for attention. My husband’s convinced I buy the dead tree kind just to fill up the house, earn the nickname “Book Hoarder,” and annoy him with piles and piles of books we have no room for. As few as I read, cover to cover, last year, he makes a convincing argument. I need to prove him wrong. Or I need to build a little free library under the shady branches of our red maple climbing tree out front, and start giving them away.
I haven’t done well with resolutions and challenges, lately, either. I accomplished only four of my twelve resolutions for 2018, but hit the ball out of the park on #6, which was to travel. I’m keeping that one on the list! Clearly, I’m serious when it comes to traveling. We’re not even going to talk about the rest.
Holly squints at the mental white board and rubs at best intentions, written on it in faded dry erase marker, with her sleeve, hoping nothing there has been committed to the paving stones on the walkway to Hell. It would just be too damning. “Let’s start over, shall we? Maybe before the Devil’s construction crew notices that the road’s unpaved, yet…”
All righty, then. #1, read more… and to be accountable, to make it fun, and to get more book recommendations from people I enjoy hanging out with, I’ve joined the Write Tribe Reading Challenge 2019. So far, these are my picks to start – some from last year’s TBR pile, and a few new ones to fit the challenge prompts. I will add more as I knock these off the list. I have been trying to shut down the PC earlier each night, to crawl under the covers, and read – to resurrect that “guilty pleasure” I once enjoyed so much, rather than waiting until I drop from exhaustion and can’t keep my eyes open the second my head hits the pillow. It’s again becoming a habit I look forward to.
Have you thought of your 2019 resolutions or goals, yet? Do you prefer to make resolutions, choose a “word for the coming year,” or just wing it, knowing that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions? (I haven’t even kept the best resolution I ever made – “To make no more resolutions I have no intention of keeping.”)
Have you read more or fewer books over the past few years? What’s on your TBR pile? Any good book recommendations?
Let me know in the comments – I look forward, each post, to hearing from you!