I’m not one for New Years resolutions, but one habit that I am teaching myself to incorporate in my every day life, is to finish what I start. In my recent post about going on a 90-Day No-Buy,I shared how difficult it can be living in a consumer-based world; we are constantly being sold the next best thing every second of the day. And it’s exhausting. Unfortunately for those like myself, that struggle on a daily basis to complete a task from start to finish are left with not only unfinished tasks, but also more things than you need. I, for one, will start a tv show or a book or even a drawing, and will completely forget about it because something else has grabbed my attention. Anyone else like this?
And that’s what leads us to today’s post… This year, I am giving myself a reading list, as well as, a reading schedule to follow by. I’ve given myself 4 books for the year, each to be read within the season. While 4 books may not be a lot for some, for me, this is quite an addition to my already full-time schedule with a 9 to 5 & as well as being a grad student. I will be thoroughly impressed by my own self if I even complete 1 out of 4 of these books.
The first book to kick off my 2020 reading list is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I chose this novel first, primarily because it is one of the many that I have started but haven’t finished. I’m picking up where I left off, which is on page 36 out of 500-something pages. I’m hoping to finish this book by the end of March, before spring.
Second on my list is Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. Yet again, another e-book I began reading at some point last year but never finished. I’m on page 55 out of 300-something pages. Once Outlander is finished, I will resume reading Wild for the spring season from March to June.
For my summer season, I will be reading Becoming by Michelle Obama. I just recently purchased this in hardback at the end of last year & have been dying to read it. Keeping political opinions aside, I love Michelle Obama for all she stands for in education – so naturally, I am drawn to read anything she writes 🙂
Lastly, I will be reading North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell in the fall. Unlike most, I prefer to watch the movie first, then read the novel second; primarily, because I don’t want to be let down if the movie isn’t as great as the book. Because, obviously the book will always be better than the movie.
So there you have it! My complete reading list for 2020. I’m hoping that by posting this scheduled reading list to my blog, I will keep myself accountable by actually sticking to it! Each season, I plan on posting an update on when I finished the book & my thoughts on it.
Have any of you read these novels? If so, what’d you think? No Spoilers 🙂