Quitting Books

I'm feeling...dare I say it...refreshed.

2017 is just around the corner and I am ready for it. 2016 was a garbage year.

Personally, it was fine. I learned to knit early in the year. Took a nice "staycation" with my family. (It had its ups and downs, but what vacation doesn't?) I reopened my Etsy Shop and it's been doing okay. I went back to work this summer too.

I was busy. I felt like much of my time was filled with activity. As a result, my reading suffered. When I was reading, I often felt like I wasn't reading anything that excited me. There were some great books, but a lot of forgettable ones. And ones I never finished. My DNF list for 2016 is loooong.

This week I'm reading something great. Something that really speaks to me: They Were Sisters by Dorothy Whipple. I don't want to get up from my couch. I don't want to check my phone, or do anything else. I can't remember the last time I felt that way.

My wish for 2017 is more books like this. I want to feel this way about everything I read. What that means for me is that this year, I'm going to give up on a lot of books. That might sound terrible, but I feel like that needs to happen. Reading shouldn't feel like a chore that needs to be done. I'm going to be a quitter. I will get myself out of this reading slump by quitting books that don't make me feel something. I will overwhelm my brain with books that excite me and toss the ones that I can't get excited about. It's not that these books are bad, they just aren't doing it for me. It might mean I read fewer books in 2017, but that's okay.

I'm ending this year with a book that makes me feel happy, and I hope to go into 2017 feeling more optimistic about reading, and possibly the world (I can hope). I am hopeful that reading great books will make me want to write about them here on the blog too.

2017. Here I come.

I Miss Reading

Hi all! It seems as if I dropped off the face of the earth, doesn't it? I'm still here. Between working and my side hustle, I haven't been reading- unless it's audio. Things are slowing down for the holidays and I'm hoping to get some reading in. I really miss it. I have some books I want to get to soon. I'm definitely not going to meet my Goodreads Challenge this year.

I've cut back significantly on social media. I haven't been on Twitter in weeks. (I checked in a couple of times to reply to mentions). I missed it at first, but now it doesn't cross my mind much. I miss talking to my book friends, although it seems like there are less of them on there now. I made the decision to leave for awhile, when I realized just how anxious it was making me. One benefit of not spending time on social media is how much I'm getting done at home. I'm not sure when I'll venture back on there. Maybe in the new year.

It's snowing like crazy at the moment. It seems like the perfect time to dive back into reading. That's my plan for tonight. I'm going to brew some tea and settle in next to the tree.

I really just wanted to say hello to you all, if anyone is still out there reading my blog. Say hello if you're still around!