Looking Toward 2020

I’ve never really felt the need to make a reading goal before. To me, what I read is what I read. But I think that I need to push myself a bit. After all, what is the point of life if not improvement?

There are many ways a person can fit reading into their daily schedule. Today I’d like to talk about one that has, in some circles, been discounted: audiobooks.

Devoting every minute of every day to reading is an impossible task. After all, the human body needs to be fueled and emptied on occasion. While it can be argued that a person can read while going to the washroom, I imagine it’s difficult to read while trying to get the pasta unstuck from the bottom of the pot. Sure, we can try our best to live entirely off of ramen, but at some point that’s just not right.

To me, that’s where audiobooks come in. I like to listen to audiobooks when I’m cooking, cleaning, driving or doing other mindless tasks that require only memorized motor skills.

This year I’ve hardly read a book. In fact, I’m not even sure that I have finished a book. I know that I’ve started many, but life, as cliché as it sounds, has gotten in the way. However, I’ve managed to devour the majority of the Wheel of Time series, read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, as well as Karin Slaughter’s entire Will Trent series, read by Kathleen Early.

That’s thousands of pages of literature that I have taken in. Hundreds of hours of storytelling that I have enjoyed. Is it any different than a child who has a bed time story read to them every night? Do we not consider that same child to be well read?

Yes, there is something to be said about opening a book and physically doing the work yourself. Of smelling the pages and rereading a certain sentence that was elegantly written. The fact of the matter is, though, that if you’re sitting down reading you aren’t accomplishing anything else, and lately I’m finding that rather uncomfortable.

With all of that being said it is hard for me to set a specific reading goal for 2020. I think that if I do it a little bit early I’ll be able to get a plan in place and find a way to make it fit into my life.

I don’t even have a clue what a reasonable goal is for myself. And should I just include the number of books I read? Or should I also include the genres as part of my goal? Should I aim to read at least two classics a year? What percentage should be audiobooks and how many should be actual physical books?

Hopefully I’ve given myself enough time to make these decisions. I will let you know what I decide. If you have any suggestions please leave a comment.

Until next time, happy reading!

The Beguiled Bibliophile

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