On Reading Target for 2017
So I lowered my Reading Challenge in Goodreads by half. I don’t want to give myself too much responsibilities, especially when there are other things that I could be doing, like writing high fantasy novels with 150k plus words or learning a language or running a marathon. I love readings books. Really. They are my mentors in learning writing and I learn a lot from them. You may not have a writing teacher, you may not have a prominent author like Gillian Flynn by your side but reading her books will aid you in your writing. How many times did we hear that if you want to write, you must read a lot? Because I felt a great pressure from that, on contrary I would say it’s not just about reading a lot but learning from them. How did they do the plot? What is the tone and style? Reading six books, analyzing and dissecting them, for me is enough to learn. I heard that some authors read more than fifty books a year. My jaw drop when I hear people read 100 books plus in a year! I hope they could give some advice on where they get the time to read. I wonder how they do that. I mean, we read books to entertain ourselves, right?
Anyhow, last year I only read twenty four books. This year, my target became twelve. There was a lot of factor on why I set it to twelve. I will be looking for a job and thus my time will be extremely trimmed down. I want to spend more time in other stuff. One novel per month is good enough for me.
This March, I read, The Name of the Wind and finished the book two weeks’ time. If I’m a little bit enthusiastic and really wanted to jump into my reading I think I should do two books per month. I did Name of the Wind in two weeks, right so I have time for another one? The thought just excites me. But again, I don’t want the weight of that. I’ve been there. Excited to read books but midway, when I’m half of the book and looking for another half, I worried I could be late for my schedules. I’m chasing a lot of other things this month. By the way, The Name of the Wind is great epic fantasy novel and if you’re in that genre, this novel is a must read.
I was really hesitant when before I brought this book. I just don’t like reading 200k plus words. I’m looking for a shorter length of novel nowadays. The thick book is always in the back of my mind. I remembered reading Dance with the Dragons by George R.R. Martin for more than a month and thinking to myself when I was going to finish it. But I brought Name of the Wind, committed to reading it every day. And yesterday I finished it. Yes. We can really achieve what we set our mind to task. I read the second book, The Wise Man’s Fear has more than 100k words in it, so I decided to put that off and read something else instead.
I’m looking forward to read more books and be immersed in many worlds this year. I was thinking about Age of Myth by Sullivan Michael but the book is not available in our local bookstore. I’m still looking. I’m not really a fan of ebooks. I want to hold the book in my hands and flip the pages. The smell of paper books.
Anyway, that’s all for today.
Date Written: 03/20/17