I finished reading fifty-one books in 2018. 51. I know this because I counted up how many I had read on January 2, 2019. I know this because for the first time in (ever??), I kept a log of what I was reading or listening to as an audio book.
I don’t know if I read more than ‘usual’. I know that at some point in 2018 I found myself remembering how much I used to love to read, and that I thought that was a core value and rather a part of me. I wanted to reconnect with my ReaderSelf, and meet my new, more MatureReaderSelf.
My favorite new-to-me author from this year is Ursula K. LeGuin. I read the entire Earthsea series and began her book
Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places . I will begin reading her Hainish Cycle books this year.
I am continuing to keep a Book Log in 2019. It is a little more creative than ‘just a list’. This year I will count up how much I have read a little more often and BEFORE the new year so if I have time to read one more so that I can say ‘on average, I read a book a week’, you better believe that I will. And this year I am also making accommodation for the magazines and journals that I love to subscribe to but have a difficult time cracking open and actually reading.
This is one of the ‘habits and hobbies’ that I am exploring as we begin the long, slow transition from parents of Young Adults to parents of Older Young Adults to Independent Young Adults. While the season is traditionally seen as a time of letting go, I am also working to pursue it as a season of pulling in things that previously needed to be put down.