One of my goals for 2014 is to read one book for every week. In truth, it's been one of my goals for years, but being in school and studying for my exams got in the way every time. But every January I think, "This could be the year." And this year, I'm off to a great start.
My secret? Reading lots of kids books. Of course, that's something I do a lot of anyways, so I don't need too much encouragement, but it is nice to have some "easy wins" when trying to reach a tricky goal. And so I started off this year with some pretty fun reads.
The best part of so much reading has been the inspiration to write more. I've rekindled work on some short stories I started months and months ago, and I'm excited to see where they end.
Gregor the Overlander by Susanne Collins. After rewatching the first Hunger Games movie and seeing the second one in the theater, I was antsy to read some more Susanne Collins. Luckily, the theater I visit most often, The Bagdad, is exceptionally close to a Powell's Bookstore, so I didn't have to wait long to start reading.
The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo. I have found a new favorite author this year. The adorable covers on all Kate DiCamillo's books won me over, and now I have a little stack of her books to enjoy. She also won a (second) Newberry Award a couple of weeks ago for Flora & Ulysses, which means I get to work towards another goal of mine: reading every Newberry Award winner.
Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander. This was such a cute story about a time travelling cat who teaches his owner about history. I even learned a thing or two while reading.
The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure by James Redfield. I've been reading more and more new age and metaphysical books lately, and I realized I'd never read this book, which was so popular when I was younger. I really enjoyed Redfield's ideas about human interaction and have been trying to put them into practice in my daily life.
The Tale of Despereax by Kate DiCamillo. I adored this book and am looking forward to seeing the movie. One of the drawbacks about living in rural Boring is that there is no high-speed Internet available. I had to cancel my streaming Netflix subscription and switch to DVDs, which has been a great exercise in patience (and a big part of the reason I'm getting so much reading done now). Hopefully I'll get to Despereaux quickly in my queue.
(I'll make a monthly blog post of my reading here, but you can also follow me on Goodreads.)