So, the first half of may has been a reading mess. I only read 22 pages on May first and it is now May 10th and another page has not been read. Then I came across an old video of Ariel Bissett’s called “i tried reading before every day for a week’ and I was inspired to give it a go and maybe jumpstart my reading again.
Reading Journal May 10th-May 16th, 2020
5/10: 25 pages of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
5/11: 344 pages of Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
5/12: 41 pages of Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
5/13: 30 pages of Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
5/14: 20 pages of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
5/15: 15 pages of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
5/16: 22 pages of mystery book
So, there are a few things I noticed throughout this process. First, I got back into the habit of reading and enjoying it. The main point of this was to help with me get back into reading. Like I said in the intro, this challenge came into being because I went a long time without reading that was not the cause of a slump. Well, I am happy to report I am reading constantly again. Plus, I wasn’t even feeling forced or pushed into reading, which I was a bit worried about if I am honest.
The second thing I noticed is I found I wanted to read at other points of the day as the challenge continued. At the start I didn’t have the urge to read throughout the day. But, since I was getting back into the habit and as I got closer to the end of this challenge, I would want to read in the afternoon and had to hold off. I feel like scheduling time to read or restricting when I can read, doesn’t fully work for me. Apparently my mood reading isn’t just restricted to what I want to read.
I think I am going to continue to make reading part of my nighttime routine. I enjoyed how relaxing and calming it was. Overall, I really had fun giving this a go. I love reading challenges and I would like to do more in the future. But, I think this one will have a bit of a lasting impression on me. I just need to make sure my nighttime reading is away from a screen and not read too late into the night.
Do you have a consistent reading habit?
Do you normally read a particular time of day