When Life Gets Busy… Read Books

This year I’ve not done a good job with keeping on top of book reviews. Not only am I behind in reading books for review, but I also keep forgetting to review the books I’ve already read.


I just took the last 40 minutes or so to add ten more books to my Goodreads shelf and write miniature reviews for them. The hardest part of it all was trying to remember which books I’d actually read and when. And this, my friends, is one of the big reasons I write reviews in the first place. It’s kinda crazy to read a book and then six weeks later totally forget what you thought about it in the first place. Or, even worse, forget the book entirely.

Twenty-eighteen has, thus far, been a very strange reading year. I’ll go for weeks with barely making my way through a book, and then sit down and gobble up five of them in a week. (Ahem, like last week.) This has a lot to do with my life being super busy but also knowing that books rejuvenate me. So, sometimes life is crazy enough that I can’t slip much reading in, but then suddenly I’m like “Wait a minute, child. You’ll feel a lot better if you just set aside everything else – aka sleep – and breeze your way through a book.” And do you know what? I totally do feel better afterward.

The best I can figure (since I might have forgotten some books, #oops) is that I’ve read 48 books this year. We’re on day 188 of 2018, so that means I read a book approximately once every 3.9 days which is totally on schedule for what I’m aiming for. I don’t have any reading goals this year, but in the back of my mind I know I’d like to read between 80-100 books. That’s what I feel like I can easily reach while feeling well and actively living life. (Compared to the year that I didn’t feel well cause of health issues and I read 140+ books, which is kinda a lot of reading time.)

How is your reading going this year?

And now I’ve got to hit the hay while the sun’s shining – or something like that, anyway. 😉

My To-Do List for this Week: 
1. Teach 3rd and 4th Grade VBS
2. Mow forever and ever (aka, hang out with Chadwin the lawnmower)
3. Try and catch up on emails 
4. Cook for a small gathering 
5. An incredibly fast trip to TN for a bridal shower 

2 thoughts on “When Life Gets Busy… Read Books

  1. Tarissa says:

    My goal for the year is to read about 125 books. Goodreads tells me that I’m keeping up with that goal just fine (except what they don’t know is that I need to add about 4 more reviews on there soon, so actually, I’m pulling slightly ahead at the moment in terms of books I’ve finished).

    I also get that same feeling that you mentioned — books recharge my body. When I’m going through a down time… what will pull me out of it? A REALLY GOOD STORY. Books can never leave my life. 🙂


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    • Lydia Howe says:

      YES AND YES! Books are the best thing when I need recharged. I was feeling utterly exhausted so yesterday I spent a lot of time resting and reading books, and low and behold when I woke up this morning I literally wanted to go for a run. I’m not even sure when was the last time that happened. 😉


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