I was recently sitting down at lunch talking with a few co-workers about this, that, and nothing at all when the topic of books came up. One co-worker mentioned that she just doesn’t like to read, it’s not interesting to her. I did a double take and made her repeat herself because I don’t understand a world without books.
This happens a lot. I don’t know if it’s because of the technological world we live in, but people have stopped reading. I have even, shamefully, raised a child that hates to read. (I blame his father.) Schools push reading as homework, stripping the fun out of it. Gadgets have shortened our attention spam considerably (guilty). I know that I try to take advantage of my electronics because I have whatever book I’m reading at the time loaded on all my devices. I’ve always been the person who carried a book with her wherever she went. I’m blessed not to get carsick when I read in the car. My nose is almost always in a book. I love reading and anytime I can find a fellow bookworm, I have made a friend for life.
Because I love anything that makes reading even a little more fun (as if it wasn’t the best ever already), I use Goodreads a lot to track my progress, see what my friends are reading, and find new stuff to read as well. It’s a book nerd’s paradise.
Every year, Goodreads hosts a reading challenge where you set a personal goal to read a set amount of books. Last year, I tried for 100 and didn’t even get close.
I got to 29 books according to Goodreads but that didn’t include my re-reads of all the 50 Shades books (stop rolling your eyes, Lex) and possibly a few more I may have forgot to log. This year, I set my goal a little lower and I’m already on track.
Goodreads is hosting another challenge this weekend to Celebrate National Readathon Day. It’s a nationwide marathon reading session on Saturday the 24th from 12-4pm. It’s also a fundraiser for The National Book Foundation’s literacy programs. I’m totally in support of more reading programs. As a kid, my mom would take me to the library all the time where they hosted summer reading programs and other fun activities for kids.
I’ve pledged to read a really awesome graphic novel called Locke & Key, Volume 1 by Joe Hill (son of Stephen King) that my cousin let me borrow. If you’re a reader, I would totally encourage you to join this challenge. If you’re on Goodreads and we aren’t friends, please add me! I want to know what you’re reading because I’m totally nosey like that.
If you’re not on Goodreads (you should be), tell me what you’re currently reading or something that I should add to my “to-read” list!