Aside from my writing and life goals for the year, I also have a reading goal. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I use Goodreads.com to track the books I read for the year. It’s an amazing site and provides so much great information on books. I can get lost looking through the recommended sections because they provide many suggestions of books that are not bestsellers or mainstream titles.
This year, I’ve dropped my goal from 50 books to 30 books. But I don’t want to just read 30 random books. I want to expand on the quality of books I’m reading. No matter what, I can read fantasy. It’s not even hard for me to find books in my preferred genre but I continue to think and encourage myself to read more outside of my comfort and preference.
Last year, I was happy to explore more contemporary fiction and biographies. I was pleasantly surprised by some of the books I read and if you are signed up for my newsletter, you saw many of those reviewed and recommended. (Also, you should sign up for my newsletter if you haven’t yet.)
This year, I’d like to include some classic literature into my reading. There are tons of titles to choose from so I will have quite a few to pick through. Whether it’s Dickens or Hemingway, I’d like to read books from eras I’m not familiar with and see what I can glean from them as a modern day writer. What lessons can I learn? What can I learn from their use of language? Can I find something to implement into my own writing? These are all viable questions and I think there’s a sense of honoring those who came before me that I’ve never taken advantage of before. It would be a crime not to dive into the pages of the classics just because I might believe there’s nothing to be gained, which is unabashedly not true. With a little opening of my mind, I think I can come away appreciating the history of fiction.
Call to Action: Throw a recommendation at me! I promise you, I haven’t read much when it comes to the classics besides Shakespeare’s plays. I’m open to everything!