A couple of years ago I started trying to force myself to read more. Not that I ever really stopped reading but the volume of books I consumed between the end of my undergraduate period and the slow march into my mid-thirties declined significantly. Around 2011 I noticed that I was not reading as fast and mentally I was operating a little slower. I decided it was time to push myself to do a little more reading. I set a goal of 12 books for 2012. I made the goal but just barely. Last year I shot for 18 books and missed the mark by 3 although I beat the previous year’s tally by the same amount. A good improvement by a little disappointing. I set my goal for this year at 20. I feel confident I can make it. I have been carving out a little more time lately for reading and I think my speed is increasing. Nothing like what I had in high school but better than a few years ago.
I find that the more I read the more I want to read. It was always that way when reading books I was interested in and now even more so. The down side of picking up the pace is that I don’t always retain the stories. I don’t know if this means they are not very good or if it is because I am 38 and not 18. I am hoping that I get better at that the more I read. It is a little disturbing to read something and then immediately forget what was read. Hopefully that will get better the more I get back to regular reading.
Do you have a reading list for 2014? You can find mine at GoodReads. Friend me if you would like. I’m always looking for new friends on that site.