Do you need structure and schedule in your reading life? Or do you mood read? I have found out that I am sort of in the middle.
I can't plan out every single book I am going to read and when. It kind of depends on my mood at the time. I need to change genres when I'm in a slump. I need to alternate deep books and lighter books. I also get a lot of books from the library so it depends when they are available.
But I also do not do well if I don't plan ahead at all. Otherwise I start like 50 books at once and never finish any of them. ( right now, I am in the middle of 6 books and it is not working for me).
So, that's where the 2021 POPSUGAR Reading challenge is going to (hopefully) solidify my reading goals for next year. Unlike a list of specific books to read, or joining a book club where everyone is reading the same thing, it is a list of 40 prompts that you can choose whatever book you would like to fulfill the prompt. The first 30 prompts are required, and the last 10 are stretch goals. I can typically finish (when I'm focused) about one book a week, so 40 books will be perfect. It gives me room to read some longer books (one of the stretch prompts is to read the longest book on your current tbr list) or to have some slow downs. We shall see how it goes.
Ok, so now here's where my love of lists and planning comes in. I don't think I can just wing it all year long, so I went through the whole list and made a spreadsheet. It is not complete, but here's a start. Give me all your recommendations to add to the list.
So why am I so worried about my reading list anyway?
There's only so much creative output you can have without having creative input. I love to read. And sometimes I feel like since I started taking up most of my free time with writing, I haven't been reading enough. I started writing because I love reading.
To quote Stephen King, “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
Anyway, that's my plan for reading in 2020. I am going to try and keep up to date with reviews as well.
I also really want to add more books by Indie Authors to the list. So if you have a book that goes with any of these prompts or you know an indie author who does. LET ME KNOW!