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Read Every Day!

My word for 2018 is Grow, and my reading life is one of the areas I want to put that word into action. I want to read more challenging books, make more time for reading, and focus on quality over quantity. I love the reading tracker that’s included in the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge kit, so I decided to use it to help me with my goals; reading every day seems like a good place to start!

I know everyone is gung ho about resolutions the first month of the year, but with seven days under my belt, I can tell that I’ll actually want to keep up with this goal, and the tracker is super useful to keep me accountable. I don’t plan on posting a weekly update here on the blog, but I’ve been taking photos every day so you can keep up with what I’m reading on Instagram if you’re interested!

@LadyKatieStitchery

I’m also using the 1S app to record videos and snapshots of what I’m reading each day (plus separate projects for cross stitching and daily life) so if I keep up with it, I’ll have super fun videos to share at the end of the year (or whenever).

Here’s a look at Week 1!

Day 1: Start My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout

I picked up an autographed copy for my birthday last year, and I’ve been meaning to read it ever since; no better time than the new year! I liked Olive Kitteridge but I remember finding the writing challenging, so I expect the same from this one.

Day 2: A nap time treat: reading, snacking, and sipping!

I started reading Reading People, a nonfiction book about personality frameworks, before the holidays but I didn’t think I would be in the mood for self-improvement during our beach vacation (I was right). The premise is interesting, but I’m having a hard time getting through this one for some reason. I think it might be because I’ve been in a state of flux since becoming a mother, and some of the things I always thought about myself when I was in school or working full time are just… different now.

Day 3: I can’t seem to focus on one book two days in a row, so I picked up my eBook, Rules of Civility, for some before-bedtime reading. I’ve heard this compared to The Great Gatsby, so I have high hopes.

Day 4: Back to Lucy. Slow start but I’m starting to get into the rhythm of the writing. I definitely need to read this one slowly to let each sentence sink in…

Day 5: One chapter in particular hit me like a gut punch and now I can’t wait to read more. It’s laundry day but I’m sneaking in some reading in between loads.

Day 6: Perfect Saturday morning: snuggling in bed and finishing a book. This one really snuck up on me, but by the end I was very moved. I wouldn’t say it’s a “favorite” but it’s powerful stuff. Still ruminating on my thoughts/feelings.

(Sorry for the low lighting.)

Day 7: Back to my eBook, which I read during Golden Globe commercial breaks and a few minutes before bed. We had a full day out and about, so without this tracker I would probably just enjoy my glass of wine and skip reading today… so I’m glad I have some external accountability keeping me on track!

Do you have any reading goals this year?

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