Notes on reading differently

Notes on reading differently

A common feature of my monthly reads posts last year was me talking about how I didn’t read as much as I would have liked to. Concentration was not my friend in 2016. There were times when I wanted to read, but couldn’t focus on the words in front of me.

Yet I managed to read 85 books, which is not an insignificant amount. I was reading, but at a slower pace than usual. There were some absolutely stand out books among them, but looking through my Goodreads challenge made me realise just how many I read, enjoyed, reviewed and then promptly forgot about.

I suspect this is down to how soon after finishing one book I pick up another, rather than those aforementioned concentration issues. They start to bleed into each other until I don’t know where one ends and the next begins. That’s not how I want to continue. I want quality over quantity.

Reading has always been my thing. I choose it over watching TV. That’s not to say I don’t watch TV because I do, but I’m more likely to spend my time curled up with a book. Having Wi-Fi so slow you can’t access Netflix has its advantages. And while I like keeping track of what I’m reading, it has never been purely a numbers game for me.

What I like about Goodreads is that I’m able to see what I’ve read in a year, at a glance. I enjoy the stats that are compiled at the end. It’s the bookish nerd in me. But quality over quantity will always win, so I’m making some changes.

As mentioned in my recommitting to myself post, I set my goal at 52 books. I will read more than this, but it’s a reminder to take time between books.

I want my reviews to be more thoughtful and in-depth. Fewer synopses and more exploration of an author’s writing style and the themes contained in their work.

I’m lucky enough to get advance reader copies, sometimes months before publication day. Balancing these with the books already on my shelf or Kindle is a priority. I want read by whim more. I want to read a mix of old(er) and new(er) releases.

I write about books because I love them and in 2017 I want to remember that.

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