I woke up with a start the other day to the realization that we are half way through the year, and in the blogging world, that usually means something very specific- mid-year freak out tag time. I have been so offline and unfocused lately that I wasn't even prepared for it.
That also means that I can't smugly come here and talk about how well I'm doing with my reading or that I'm perfectly on track to hit my goal. My reading has been absolutely terrible this year. I blamed school for a while because I was doing heaps and heaps of reading- just not fiction. But the last two months have proven to me that I'm just not the reader I used to be. Somehow I have less ability to focus than when I was a kid. But to give myself a tiny bit of credit, I am much busier than I was when I was 13, even without school. I also am interested in a lot more mediums of entertainment than I was when I was a kid and obsessed with books and only books. I still make a concerted effort to be a reader, but it's harder now than it used to be.
I didn't set a reading goal this year after I read so little during my fall semester last year. Every year, I amorphously aim to finish 100 books, because that seems like a nice number. I used to totally surpass it every year, but this year, I'd be shocked if I got to 80. Which is honestly a little depressing to my former self. I am slowly trying to accept I will likely one day become that adult who reads 10 or 20 books in a year. I'm not willing to admit defeat yet, though.
So far, I've finished 20 books, and I'm close to finishing my 21st. I've started to aim for completing 3 books a month and writing that down in my bullet journal as one of my goals. That feels much more manageable. That still wouldn't get me anywhere near my yearly goal, but it is motivating in the slower months.
That's enough rambling. Let's get into the actual tag portion of this post where I talk about the books I did get around to reading.
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