Let’s face it. August/September has become the new January.  For those going back to school, the feel and thought of new stationery and books often signal the opportunity to write your destiny anew. For stationery junkies like me, it is the perfect excuse to get new pens and notebooks.

Well, where I live in the tropics, we do not experience the four seasons but my social media definitely has me on the reset bandwagon. A while back, writer Alexandra Franzen shared her Today is not over yet mantra. Meaning that you may have started out the year with all sorts of good intentions, goals, resolutions …whatyoumaycallit. However, life happens. You get derailed and start focusing on other things and/ or revert to your old unhealthy no-good habits.

Well, I would like to reiterate: The Year is not over yet.

As a bibliophile, book hoarder, I had set out at the beginning of the year with so many goals. I have shared about my tackling my unread shelf and reading 50 books among other interesting stuff. However, I got NetGalley-trigger-happy and now I have a long list of books to review.  I have to admit it is a good problem to have. I am blessed that publishers would take a chance on me especially as a person who does not live in the “big” literary markets. Nonetheless, I need to get back into it.

Maybe you pledged that you would try to cover your literary blind spots this year by reading books outside the western world (see my recommendations here and here ) but somehow you got stuck taking the easy road, reading your favourite authors whom you find predictable. This might be opportune to seek new reads by venturing into new bookstores, listening to new podcasts or revisiting prompts from your reading challenges, I am still going to work on reading more African authors especially Kenyan ones so that I can be in touch with the nuances of Kenyan history.

Though I am not participating in Book Riot’s 2018 Read Harder Challenge, the read a book from a BRICS country (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa)” prompt was brought to my attention by Deboki from Okidokiboki. (See the video here) I hope that I will be able to do a book recommendations series soon on the same. (let me know if you have any recs in the comments section below).

I purposed but did not share was that I would read books that would educate me on specific topics.  The more I read non-fiction for pleasure, the less daunting it is and the more I learn. I am more determined after confirming from Goodreads that I have read more fiction than non-fiction books.  Yes, I have read a couple of good books from the business/self-help genres, after all, it is a sure way of getting a virtual mentor But I want to parlay into other interesting topics.

Microhistories are definitely going to be in my future, More so, because I have a number of these on my shelf that I hope to read or unhaul by the end of the year (blog post coming soon*).

I am proud of myself for reaching Goodreads goal and subsequently decided to increase it from 50 to 100 books. However,  I want to see how I can use my reading superpower for good.  Starting with strengthening my language skills by reading in Spanish, I also hope to be involved with more local charities that promote reading and literacy in general.

On blogging and posting, I must confess that I got discouraged by Outlook Spam followers who hit WordPress bloggers a while ago. That, in turn, made me venture into a dark place. Admittedly, the thought that possibility that a  number of my followers are spambots, got me to scrutinise my subscribers,  I mean all creatives especially bloggers hope that at they will develop an engaged audience. So if you are a lurker or silent subscriber, chime in once in a while so that I can put an avatar to a comment,

I am curious, what are your reading plans for Q3 and Q4 2018? Let’s discuss in the comments section.

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One thought on “Setting the Reading Refresh Button

  1. This is such a great post!! I am also guilty of treating Aug/Sept as a whole new year, and kind of forget the goals I set for myself. I think at the start of the year I planned to just read more in general – most of my resolutions were more self-improvement based. However, I’m always trying to cover my blindspots, so I’ll definitely be checking your lists out!! (:


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