Those Who Read, Lead

I have had a desire to write for years. The question that hit me last year was “How can I write when I barely read?” I kicked myself in gear and read as many books as I could find time. Now fast forward to today. I used the app Goodreads to keep track of the books I read last year.

Then this year I am doing the 2019 reading challenge on the app. Knowing me and how I often will set unrealistic goals I am shooting to read 25 books in the year of 2019.

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I took a screenshot of what I have already read/listen to for 2019 alone. I am reading/listening to three additional books:

“The Grand Design” by Stephen Hawking
“You’re Never Weird on the Internet”by Felicia Day
“Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD,”by Danel G. Amen.

 The big reason I can have such a high list is because I am using the app Libby which allows me to listen to audio books. I used to play TV shows during the day while I worked on projects, clean the house, or make dinner. Over the last two months I have cut back on my television consumption and have been listening to books.

The pictures above is the list of books I want to read. You can tell I don’t really read a lot of fiction books. I have never really been a big fiction reader, but I have read a few series in my life. I am working on reading The Dark Tower series by Stephen King.

I boxed myself in by what I would allow myself to read. I would only read a certain types of books and it wasn’t challenging me. Beginning this year I have read memoirs, science books, religions books, and insightful books. I have my belief and I have grown. I am choosing to read certain books not because I’m changing my mind but I want to understand other people’s point of view. I think I will up my goal for 2019 since I’m almost to 25 books.

Those Who Read, Lead

I want to challenge you to start “reading” more. I am a mother of three, I work four days a week, I have a husband, a dog, and a house to keep clean. There are many apps you can download and you can buy books. If you can’t afford to buy books, then check with your local library to see what programs you have access too because there are other means to access audio books that does not require your wallet or returning material to the library.

How many books do you plan on reading this year?
When did you begin enjoy reading?
Any non-fiction books you would recommend?

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