Hello, my name is Rachel and I suffer from a little bit of Tsundoku (okay, maybe not a little bit). No, I do not need any saving or cure as I am perfectly content enjoying this…illness or whatever it is. Oh, if you’re wondering what that strange Japanese word above is, kindly see below.
“Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity … we cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access reassurance.” ~A. Edward Newton
LOL. This quote totally defines how I feel. “The soul reaching towards infinity?” Yup.
I have always loved books a little more than normal since I was a kid and now I cannot imagine a phase in my life or a month where I don’t have a book I’m reading. This would have been perfectly normal if I did not love the smell of new books in a weird way. Funny thing is, I think I have this demon that opens my wallet anytime I happen to accidentally fall into a bookshop or wander brainlessly into a store where books are being sold.
So how this demon works is that I miraculously find a new book when I have at least 50 others that I have not read and it becomes so appealing that I just have to buy the book (if not the world as we know it would come to an end), which would be kept for another day. Sometimes, when the demon is feeling alive and well, I end up buying four or five at once! I have tried to put an end to this demon, but my village people have been winning the battles; but oh! *re-ties wrapper*, they shall not win the war! *stares at the heavens hopelessly, sinks to the ground in sadness and chomps on a donut*
*inserts quote about doing whatever makes you happy in life because that’s the only thing that matters blah blah blah
Okay, so for 2018, I had a goal to read at least one book a month for the year. It started off really great, but with the craziness at work and other demanding deadlines, it became really tasking to focus on one book and see it through till the end. I was however able to see my goal through to the end (also with the help of The Readers’ Hub Book Club) and that is one little victory I am super proud of.
Some of the amazing must-read books I read in 2018 include The Four Agreements, The Alchemist, The Richest Man in Babylon, Born a Crime, Elon Musk (a biography), The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, Emotional Intelligence, The Greatest Salesman in the World, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and The Rules of Life. I posted some reviews on the blog which you can read here I’ll also be doing reviews on each of the books I read as I go along, so help me God.
Soooo…what are my reading goals for 2019? I am glad you asked.
First of, I hope to be more disciplined in my reading (I have cancelled my Netflix subscription as a first step since I spend a lot of time on that…I was however able to watch Bird Box before my membership was cancelled…yeah, you should see that) and more committed as well.
Also, I hope to read at least 30 books in 2019. With some discipline, hard work and determination as well as consistency, I believe I will be able to accomplish this. I am fully aware that some days would be crazier than the rest and that some days would not be as encouraging as the others but I am willing to work hard towards my goal. I love reading, I love the information I get from some of these books as well as the opportunity to be able to enter an alternate universe and exist there for the duration of my reading.
I have also found that my interest in books by African writers has peaked incredibly. Well, this is a huge advantage of being part of a book club. You are forced out of your comfort zone and get exposed to genres that you would not ordinarily find yourself reading or picking up at a book store. Now, I’m hooked(Meanwhile I am almost done reading this book and I love it! A simply great read!)
So for 2019 (assuming the demon does not creep up again…which I know it would, but I’m not particularly worried about), some of what I would be reading in my #30For2019 are:
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
- Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini
- We should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- One Indian Girl by Chetan Bhagat
- Bitter Leaf by Chioma Okereke
- The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
- Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
- My Sister the Serial Killer by Onyinkan Braithwaite
- A tale of two cities by Charles Dickens
- Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
- Whatever amazing book selections we have at The Readers’ Hub Book Club
I have found that coupling consistent reading with working a 9-5 (which in reality is like 8:30-7) can be quite daunting, but I am one of those who believe that as long as you put your mind to it, there is simply nothing that cannot be done. If you’d like to be more consistent in your reading, some common suggestions are:
- Set a daily page goal; perhaps 10 or 15 pages? Or for an hour or thirty minutes? Depending on your speed. Just be consistent
- Be realistic; don’t go and say you’re reading 100 books in 2019 when you know you may not have the time or you have not even started reading an article a year, not to talk of one book a year.
- Quit early; don’t die ontop boring book biko. Move on to a book you will enjoy.
- Get rid of distractions; you can put your phone on airplane mode or turn it off while you read your daily page goal.
- Join a bookclub; this can help with accountability and exposing you to new interesting genres. Oh, and if there are no book clubs where you are, start one! You’d be surprised at the number of people that would be on board with the idea.
- Make the process enjoyable; isss not everybody that likes reading, figure out what you like, isss not by force. But reading is of great advantage.
- Change your mindset: All the steps above would be meaningless unless you change your negative mindset that you do not have enough time or it’s not easy or you cannot do it. Think about all the time you spend on social media or Netflix or just lazying around. If you really are determined, you can do it. You can create time. You can read as much as you put your mind to! All you need to do, as with every other goal, is to decide and then ACT!
I hope you’re able to smash those reading goals you have set for yourself this year!
Was this helpful? What are your reading goals for 2019? What would you be reading? Have you read any of the books I listed above? I would love to hear from you in the comments!