“He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.” – Les Misérables, Victor Hugo

I used to read constantly, I never left the house without a book and any spare time I had was spent poring over them. But then school started getting in the way, then college and the next thing I knew the only thing I’d read in nearly two months was stuff for college.

Yes, I was still reading, it’s kind of a big part of English Literature but I hadn’t read anything simply to read it. I hadn’t picked up a book and been so enthralled by it that I couldn’t put it down. And when reading becomes something you have to do, you stop enjoying it. It stops being something you can’t wait to do and becomes something you can’t wait to finish. Every book feels like an epic saga that you don’t have time for, regardless of length or difficulty.

I wanted to get out of this reading rut so I decided to set myself a challenge, in 2017 I want to read at least 24 books. This sounds like quite a small number in comparison to how much I used to read but I also do have to think about college and university so I thought that I would start small and work my way back up. And by 24 books, I mean books that I haven’t read, ones that I have read before don’t count so the actual number will probably be higher than that! I just knew that I needed to do something to force myself to actually start reading again. And a competition against myself? That sounded like a good a way as any.

And it really has made a difference, in the last two months I’ve read three books which is more than I read in six months last year. It’s a mixture of classics and not-classics but that doesn’t matter, as long as they are books that I haven’t read before they count.

So far, I have read:

  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

and

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

So… I guess I’m doing pretty well.

Let me know what books YOU want to read this year!