Chapter by Chapter

As always, I have multiple books started. I always am working slowly toward the end of a book, and usually keeping track of it on Goodreads.

This year, I have a new technique. One chapter at a time. I read a chapter, then switch media, and then repeat. This way, I can get audiobooks, paper books, and Kindle books completed in record time. In theory.

So far, this is working. I have finished several books and am making progress in others. I keep track of if they are for fun, for bookclub, or for an author talk. I have also become a Beta reader and an ARC for multiple authors. I love having advance copies of books to review.

I’m ahead in my annual challenge count, so I hope to keep it that way most of the year, without stressing myself out and while enjoying what I am reading.

Attention Non-readers!

When I say I’m reading, it doesn’t mean I’m not doing anything. I am reading. Just like you watch TV or movies, I am entertaining myself with the work of an author or writer. The actors are in my imagination, just like the characters that the actors play are in the show’s writers’s heads. I am letting my brain take over the picture portion of the show.

Please don’t belittle your reading friends’s activities. We are not doing nothing. We are just doing something we enjoy.

Anxiety of the TBR List

Anxiety of the TBR List

The above linked article is about how we handle our bookshelves when it comes to the books we want to read – the TBR list – “To Be Read” list. I fall into the “I don’t think counting them would be good for my anxiety” group.

I already knew that I have anxiety over time. Will I get somewhere on time? How long will it take? How much can I get done? How many things can I schedule in a period of time? The article talks about that, and how the anxiety about how many books you want to read, and wanting to read them all at once, is really time anxiety. How many of these books can I actually read?

It also discusses that reading a new book has a different feeling than reading a book that has been waiting, unread, on your shelf for a long time. Was that book being on the shelf a way to comfort yourself? Does it remind you of a certain time and place, or even a person, that you were thinking of when you bought or received it?

I plan on getting some of my books read this year. How many of them will be on paper? I hope to find out.

Upcoming Releases

Goodreads’ editors released a list of upcoming releases that they are very excited about. I have linked it here.

There are a few on the list that I have already marked as want to read. I’m excited for these releases. There are 68 books on the list and about a third sound interesting to me, right off the bat. A few I know I will definitely not read.

Take a peek at the list and let me know what you think.

Oooh, I Have the Same Bookmark!

I went to the waiting room to pick up a patient for her treatment. When she saw me coming, she picked up her bookmark to mark her place. I commented that I had the same bookmark! It was a Post-It. I love using Post-Its for bookmarks because the sticky makes it more likely to stay where it’s supposed to be, especially for books that travel with me. They are also large enough to make notes on while I read, if I’m not making my notes in the margins.

The patient basically said the same thing. Then the doctor came down the hall and asked what we were talking about. I told him about using Post-Its as bookmarks. He said he does the same thing. Great minds think alike?

What to do on a day off?

I had very little planned for today, since I normally would be in Las Vegas for the MLK holiday weekend. I decided to use the time off to prep for school which starts next week. I managed to clear off the area where I do school in the garage. It had gotten buried when we had to move stuff around to get the new washing machine in when the old one broke.

I have a lot to do still, since I learned that our storage unit had been broken into at some point, and I need to get the police out with the locksmith and the property manager before I can find out what has been taken. I have no idea how long ago the break in happened, since the storage place no longer has security, and they didn’t inform me.

Anyhow, since I can’t deal with the unit until Wednesday at the earliest, I am attempting to get my reading done. I have 3 books that are almost finished. I think I can finish at least 2 of them.

I also plan to pre blog several posts so they will go out on time. I have already made a list of my school books and bookclub books that I’ll have to read between now and March. Let’s see how far I can get!

I also joined two games on Goodreads to help me move along on my reading challenge. At least a book a week. Very doable for me.

I requested books from the library and put bookmarks into my school books. I have a stack of stuff, including library books, to go into my car to start next week’s projects.

I still have to find a way to honor MLK on the holiday in his honor.

I’m mostly planned out, but we’ll see!

Happy New Year! Welcome, 2022

Now that 2021 is behind us, it’s time to set my goals.

I plan on hitting the gym more often. I need to get it on the calendar. If I could afford a trainer, I would so that I could be accountable to getting somewhere on time in the mornings since I’d be meeting someone. I can’t afford it, so I have to figure out a different plan.

I have lists set up for daily and weekly routines. I plan on checking them daily, and seeing how far I can get.

I have set my goal for the annual reading challenge at 125 books since I have been receiving free kids books a lot. I read 112 in 2021, so adding a few more won’t hurt.

I hope to finish up my degree this year. I have 2 required classes and 3 electives to finish up between summer and fall semesters. I hope I can get everything I need.

I hope to get better sleep patterns established next year. Regular bedtimes and wake up times need to be set.

Meal planning was started and ended in 2021, so we will pick that up again for this year. It’s been better when school has been out, since everyone isn’t doing as much as they do when school is in session.

It’s a lot to look at all at once, but it isn’t so bad when you realize it covers so many different parts of my life. Small chunks at a time. Here’s to 2022!

Happy NYE! Goodbye, 2021

2020 and 2021 started off all wrong. 2022 seemed like it would be more likely to be a better year, but, judging by the way 2021 is oozing out, we might have a little slippery start to 2022. I’ve learned from past experiences to not tempt the universe and say “well, it couldn’t be worse. ” because we know it can.

I’m spending today doing a little prep work for next year. I was going to spend part of it doing laundry, but the washing machine had other ideas. I went to the laundry mat yesterday, so we’re good to go for a while.

I finished my book goal last night and actually finished two other books after meeting the goal. I’m close to finishing another book, so I might do that today. Otherwise, it’ll be the first book that I finish for 2021. I’ll be thinking about what reading goal I’ll set for next year. I’ll decide by morning.

I’ll be working on preblogging so that I’ll be able to try for a post a day again, even with school in session. I know that I’ll have to get the blogs for final week up and going early so I’m not even giving it a second thought when I’m supposed to be finishing the semester.

I have 5 classes next semester. I got the reading list for 3 of them and I’ve received the books already. I might start reading them this weekend. I’ll at least attempt to clean off my school work area so I’ll be all ready for the beginning of the semester. I did a little room organizing and found a lot of things that belonged in the school area, so I have to get all of those things into place.

My goal for the year is to purge a lot of what I have hanging around. I’ve gotten several bags of papers taken to the shredder and gotten several other bags and boxes of papers ready to be sorted through. I’ll get to them throughout the year, not all at once.

I need to come up with a better exercise routine. I fell out of the gym habit when the gyms closed, so I am going to actually put gym time, menu planning, and grocery shopping on the calendar so that they will be written in pen (digital pen). It’s not quite stone, but better than pencil.

I’m not going to end this with a promise for a better year or even with a dare for 2022 to show us what it has in store for us. I’m just going to end it with the visual of 2021 oozing out and making room for 2022. Thank you, 2021 for giving us a year that was not dull, but you’re just about done. That’s all.