When I set myself a book goal for the year, I only increased by goal by 4 books from the year prior. With the busy nature of the line of work that I am in, I didn’t think it was possible to exceed two books per month and hoped that I could achieve it. In fact, if I hadn’t squeezed three books in at Christmas break last year, I would not have made my goal of 20 for 2018.
Today, halfway through the year, I completed my goal of 24 books in 2019.
Since creating Human Kind Book Club, I have come across an incredible community on Instagram, or, ‘bookstagram’ as many call it. From the new friends I have made and accounts that I follow, I realized that there are people out there with goals even higher than mine, some exceeding 100 books a year. That blows my mind. I didn’t know that was humanly possible. But it encouraged me to see how many I personally could finish before the year is out.
Nevertheless, there is something to be said to slowing down and taking your time with a book. When I picked up The Goldfinch, I told myself to take it slow, and really sit with the story and the characters. Too often It’s really a balancing act between flying through a book because it’s so good you can’t put it down, and intentionally taking time to sit with your thoughts before proceeding.
Let’s be honest, the average person reads between 1-3 books per year, if any. My hope is that through HKBC, people will increase their annual reading goal by one book. Just one! Write down your goal, do your research on what you want to read, and I promise you can do it.
Want to know a secret? Audiobooks COUNT. Do you have a long commute to work or a morning routine that would be 100x better with an audiobook on in the background? Give it a try!
Personally, my job requires between 40 and 50 hours per week. If you’re in the same boat, you have to be much more intentional about finding time in your life to read. Earlier this year I put together a list of ways to work more reading time into your everyday life, check it out here. Spoiler alert, the easiest one is swapping TV or Phone time with books. I don’t even want to know how many hours a week I spend staring at a screen, I think of it as doing myself a favour by swapping some of those hours out.
In the meantime, if anyone knows of any positions hiring full time to read all day, let me know!!
Happy Reading! Annie