“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”Maya Angelou
The last time I felt the joy of reading for pleasure was in 2010, when the sixth and final Vampire Academy book, Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead, entered the world. I wrapped myself around the book like a cat with a newly birthed kitten. Steaming black coffee rested on the side table. The chorus of my family watching a rugby match in the lounge room was a distant white noise. My window was opened just enough for fresh to enter the compact space.
Of course, I’ve read books I’ve enjoyed since then. But the joy I felt reading the Vampire Academy series is a joy I didn’t feel again until 2021. This was the year I took a break from my studies, started saying no to additional work and professional development opportunities, and took a look at my priorities. With enough “me time”, I read 50 books in 2021 alone—a goal I want to continue in 2021.
And so, in 2022, I am embarking on a journey to rediscover my love for reading. Throughout the year, I will continue to update my Goodreads account with all the books I have read and want to read and a rating for each one. I will be sharing a more in-depth discussion on my Instagram account.
By being public with my reading journey, I hope to:
- inspire others to read for fun,
- learn to read for fun myself,
- keep myself accountable, and
- motivate myself to keep trying.
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