Hello, everyone! It’s been a while…
At the beginning of 2016, like the beginning of the previous years, I made a list of resolutions. I didn’t include many things on this year’s list because I wanted to make sure that I could actually do it. I told myself, “this year, I’m going to create more art”, “I’m going to start writing again” and of course, “I’m going to read more books”.
But… See, there’s always a but.
But the thing is, no matter how much we plan, no matter how detailed the ideas, things have a way of doing the complete opposite. My brother calls it the ‘universal law’. He says that whenever we plan to do something, and the happier/more excited we are to do those things, the universe will do something to ruin it. What can I say? He’s a pessimist. The thing is, sometimes the ‘universal law’ is exactly what happens!
So much has happened in the last 8 months, and I haven’t done even half of the things on my resolutions list, I haven’t been blogging as much as I wanted to and I definitely haven’t been reading as much as I hoped I would. Honestly, I’d love to put the blame on university/classes. “If they didn’t give me so many assignments/projects/etc and if I didn’t volunteer to do so many things, I’d have more time to do the things that I want to do!” But I can’t say that.
As a student, I should be able to manage my time more efficiently. Too bad that’s easier said than done. I wish there are more hours in a day and I wish it didn’t take me such a long time to complete my assignment, but they do say ‘if wishes were horses, beggars would ride’ right?
Anyway, I was very busy in August and I. Did. Not. Read. A. Single. Book. I sincerely hope that the remaining months of 2016 won’t be so hectic, but like I said before, ‘if wishes were horses’. Sigh. Every time I log in to my Goodreads account, I see that little widget on the left-hand side that says ‘5 books behind schedule’, ‘6 books behind schedule’, and most recently, ’10 books behind schedule’. It makes me so upset! Especially because I challenged myself to read 50 books this year. That’s about 1 book each week! Sounds doable, right? WRONG!
I don’t think I’ll be able to catch up and complete my reading challenge by the end of the year. Just looking at the challenge widget makes me feel very disheartened because I haven’t even reached the 50% mark, and it makes my reading slump even worse! So, I have decided to change my Goodreads Reading Challenge to only 35 books. I know, I know, ’35 books? That’s not a lot of books at all!’ But I would rather read fewer books than not read at all. And with the amount of work that I have to do for classes and other projects that I’m involved in, I think that 35 books should be doable. In the end, reading is a hobby, not a chore, and my education is more important.
So, yeah. I decided to read less. Wow, those are words I never thought I’d say, but there it is…
Anyway, here is a picture of all the books I bought in August. Hey, just because I didn’t read any books doesn’t mean I can’t buy more! 😀