I love to read. I can read anything from classic lit to horror to manga. One year, I managed to read over 50 books! That means I read a book every week (which was true at the time). I attempted to make that goal again last year. After all, I knew I would be home all the time and would likely spend more time reading in the evenings because I couldn’t go out. But I failed that goal terribly. Instead, I think I bought more books than I read last year. Oops.
It was a rough year, to say the least, but luckily I could find something to help me out of my reading slump, and I was finally brought back into the mysterious world of books.
I wanted to step back from those new releases and attempt to read from my ever-growing to-be-read (tbr) pile as my new 2021 reading goals. And with “I Love to Read Month” in Manitoba around the corner (a month celebrating anything and everything reading), I want to take this opportunity to read at least two books from my collection and offer a few book suggestions throughout February to our fellow readers!
I’ve already done the hard work (haha) and set aside two books to read:
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
I finished Ruth Ware’s latest book, One by One, recently, so why not read one that I missed out on in 2018. I’m a huge fan of thrillers, and she does a great job of delivering the suspense in the novels I’ve read by her. This book is about a woman inheriting something by mistake but tries to claim the money using her tarot card reading skills. I figured this would be an easy book since I’m familiar with the author’s work.
Antelope Woman by Louise Erdrich
I started a bookstagram account over the summer, and I came across a book club that dedicated a year to reading Louise Edrich’s Love Medicine series. I haven’t read this series, but it inspired me to purchase Antelope Woman, an updated version of her 1998 novel The Antelope Wife. It explores the tensions between Native American and white cultures. I also want to commit to reading more Indigenous authors. To say that I’m Indigenous but haven’t read a lot of content by Indigenous peoples is embarrassing, but that’s a story for another day.
I tried to set myself up for success by choosing an author I’m familiar with and an author I’ve been curious to read books from for a while.
So, what happens after I Love to Read Month?
If I manage to read two books next month successfully, I will continue my goal and read the collection of books that I currently have before I splurge on new ones. And, since I’m usually an intuitive reader, I’ll set aside a few different genres and various lengths to choose from throughout the year. I honestly can’t guarantee that I won’t buy new books, because soon I will, especially if it’s a favourite author of mine. And hey, maybe one day down the road, Citrus Rose can have a book club, which gives me more reason to continue building my library… we’ll put that on the back burner for now.
Do you have any reading goals this year? Are you struggling to meet your goals? I would love to hear your thoughts on getting over a reading rut or your 2021 reading goals!