Saturday, January 09, 2016

Neglected Reading

It's nine days into 2016 and I haven't made my reading goals yet.  Well, they weren't made as of yesterday.  Now I have plans.  Last year I read twenty-five books, just one shy of my goal.  This year I expect to read fewer books.  There always seems to be something competing for my attention and time.

I've noticed a pattern in my reading.  I start the year with an intensity, reading half my books in the first three to four months before my reading tails off.  I end up spending November and December trying to catch up.

Last year the pattern repeated itself with the addition of me completely neglecting my magazine reading as well.  I have an eight month high stack of Wired and National Geographics towering on the corner of my nightstand.

So it's time for me to do some catch up.  I will spend the first few months of the year working my way through the stack of magazines.  Once the magazines are gone, then I will start tackling books.  I will also set a much lower reading goal - half of what I set last year.

So the next month will be full of short form culture, science, nature, and technology ... a few of my favorite things.  Then, if I get my act together, I'll decimate my reading goals and surpass my own expectations.

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