I read around 36 books in 2016.
It’s a score I’m rather proud of because I have never read so many (non-academic) titles in a year before. Encouraged by this mini-success, I decided to read or rather try to read even more books in 2017.
“A book is like a key that fits into the tumbler of the soul. The two parts have to match in order for each to unlock. Then—click—a world opens.” ~ Brad Kessler
In my urge to make it happen, I enrolled myself for the GoodReads reading challenge and decided that I should read at least 50 books in 2017. At the start of the New Year, this goal looked perfectly achievable (as it does look even now because I haven’t lost the mojo) but as I stepped into April, something shifted in me and I made some major changes in my reading pattern.
To start with, I stopped worrying too much about my reading score. This applies to the number of books I’d read as part of the reading challenges, I’m part of. It wasn’t cause I feared not being able to complete the challenge or because I was lagging behind. Instead, because I feel that reading is primarily for personal growth, education, and learning. How many books I read has no bearing on what I aim to achieve by reading books.
In the quest of reading more and more books, I was missing out on a few other goals I’d set for myself this year. I had hoped to review more books than ever before, simply because book reviews have been helping me read more attentively, I feel responsible for presenting my takeaways from the book in a more open-minded, and balanced way.
This calls for investing a lot of time in drafting the reviews and when time plays a limiting factor (like it always does) I am left with a number of books that I read in the past month or so but couldn’t find the time talk about.
Besides, I was not picking up a new book right after finishing one for the fear of losing my initial thoughts of the book I’d recently finished. Adding to this chaos was my inability to review the much-celebrated books because either a lot had already been written about them earlier or I found myself incapable of reviewing those masterpieces.
Re-reading the favorite parts of the books I’d read earlier was no longer happening. Simply because I had been pushing myself to outdo my reading performance. To help achieve this without slowing down my reading pace, I have made a reading list choosing light reads to go in between the heavy books that call for a lot of thinking and no rushing.
I was missing out on recording my personal experiences, the emotions, thoughts and my takeaways (not limiting to the favorite quotes or parts of the book) from the variety of books I have been reading. Though I do share them in every book review I post, but lately, my book reviews have been longer than 1000 words, which can make the reader impatient (though I’d like to think otherwise but let’s be honest) and hurriedly scroll straight to the rating at the end.
Besides, I don’t intend to bombard my blog-readers with too many book reviews. Since this is a personal blog, I believe the readers would be more interested in the slivers of my personal life than mere details of the books I’ve read.
At the core of it all, I am a slow reader who likes to read, contemplate, picture and repeat the cycle. This makes reading an important aspect of my life because I am often left craving to note those emotions on my blog to revisit at a later date, but in the lack of an accompanying book review, that somehow never happens.
This is why, after much thought, I am starting a new series on my blog ~ The #BookTalk
“A book talk in the broadest terms is what is spoken with the intent to convince someone to read a book.”
However, I aim to do something different.
The book talk on my blog is going to be a regular monthly feature where I shall be posting my personal experiences and/or the takeaways from the book(s) I have been reading.
These experiences won’t be limited to book reviews (which shall continue to be a part of this blog) but would include anecdotes about how I heard about the book, why I chose to read a particular book, what parts of the book struck a chord, how could I personally relate to the events in the plot, how the book(s) inspired or changed me and (m)any other interesting aspects of my personal reading experience.
“What is it with you and that book?”
“We have a personal relationship.” ― Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Like the sound of it? Then let’s do it together.
If you’d like to join me in this celebration of the joy of reading, please feel free to link to the series your (new) posts of personal reading experiences that are about any book(s) of your choice.
Simply paste the image below in your post, link to this book-talk post and use the hashtag #BookTalk.
Please do tag me when sharing your posts on social media to help me locate and share them further
Most importantly, don’t forget to leave links to your posts in the comments.
Let’s get personal with the books and share our reading experiences to strengthen our bond with these treasures of wisdom and learning.
Are you ready for the #BookTalk?