On Instagram earlier this week, I shared that I surpassed my reading goal for 2016. I originally had the bar set at 52 books, but I quickly realized I needed to up the stakes, so somehow I decided doubling it was a good idea. Since I had nothing to do over Thanksgiving break, it was pretty easy to wrap it up quicker than expected, and I wound up finishing my 104th book on Tuesday! Looking back, my brain really is exhausted from all of the reading I did, but I’m glad I committed to my goals.
I know I’m good at goals. When I put my mind to something, I can stick with it. It’s a strength of mine, and I want to capitalize on that again in 2017. With today being December 1st, I wanted to take a proactive start and focus this month on reentering myself for the new year.
Today, I finished my goal of reading 104 books for the year. ⌛️⌛️⌛️I wanted to share my top 15 with anyone out there in need of a good read. 📚 👀 Now, I’m on the hunt for a different reading challenge and eagerly seeking suggestions for something creative. 🔔 1. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov 2. Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón 3. The Secret History by Donna Tartt 4. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown 5. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner 6. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy 7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 8. The Help by Kathryn Stock 9. Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie 10. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 11. Lamb: The Gospel according to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore 12. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 13. White Teeth by Zadie Smith 14. Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder 15. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway 😭😭😭
Last night, I started to think about potential goals to set for the new year. I want to post my ideas out here on the blog to either offer inspiration to anyone else looking for support in their own goals or receive feedback. None of these are set in stone, but just simple brainstorming. [Read more…]