Is it just me or is anyone else shocked this year is already halfway over?! With July’s arrival, I’m on track to complete my goal, I’m also beginning the second half of my 100 books in a year, and here’s an update!
In this post, I will walk you through where I am physically and mentally with my 100 books in a year goal, as well as give you a few tips on reading this much in a year, and I will share my favorite books this year, so far!
As of today, I have read 51 books this year and am reading two and listening to one audiobook. In all transparency, physically, it has been challenging reading this much for the sole reason that it takes so much time. Thankfully, I work from home, so I have the flexibility to read when I find the extra time without being stuck to a strict schedule.
I have grounded myself in a pretty good daily rhythm, allowing me to read daily. Reading 100 books in a year is only possible with daily reading. My reading goal is about 100 pages per day, give or take.
Audiobooks have helped me reach my reading goal so far because I can listen to an audiobook when I’m sitting at my computer. I have found it challenging to do while I’m typing (such as right now), but when I’m in Canva designing templates or scheduling my so
So far, the best outcome of planning to read 100 books in a year has been its mental effect on me. Reading has not only helped me to expand my vocabulary and creativity but has also inspired me to pursue writing.
While I’m not officially announcing anything quite yet, I have been practicing my hand at writing long-form fiction, so stay tuned.
Okay, this is a biggie! Please remember I am not a doctor and don’t give medical advice, but I will say I have been able to wean myself off all of my medication this year. Being med-free is a massive accomplishment for me, given medication has had its way with me for anxiety and depression for nearly seven years!
I’m unsure if being well enough to be med-free is a coincidence or if reading has helped my mental health, but I will take it as a win either way!
Reading has done remarkable things for my mental health. If you have a mental illness, most of the books I recommend are great for new adult readers or adults who haven’t read for enjoyment in some time. Feel free to contact me if you would like a personal book recommendation. I would love to chat with you!
If you have a goal to read 100 books in a year, here are a few tips to help you succeed:
Tip 1: Read daily. Whether you read a chapter or a book, sit down and read each day. Be intentional with your reading time.
Tip 2: Read what you enjoy. Refrain from falling into fads or Facebook groups about genres you don’t care about. Read what you enjoy, and you will find contentment and happiness while achieving your goal.
Tip 3: Recognize that your reading preferences can change. You may have usually only read Romance in the past but lately have found yourself enjoying a good Thriller novel; that’s great! Expand on that and explore deeper into your new genre of choice. For example, I have never cared for Fantasy novels. I am very visual and literal, and talk of fae and dragons didn’t spark my interest, and then I read ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas. Though not my usual genre, her phenomenal writing got me hooked!
Tip 4: Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone! Reading other genres is a good thing, and I can say with certainty that you will find other types of books you enjoy if you give them a chance.
Reading 100 books in a year is not for the faint of heart, but do I recommend it? Absolutely! It is a challenging yet achievable goal that will improve your mental health, knowledge, and vocabulary and give you an easy outlet each day.
You may have to readjust a few things to accommodate so much time reading or listening, but if you find an author or genre you enjoy, you won’t want to put your book down.
Happy reading, booktroverts!
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