I can’t deny it any longer. I’ve become a slow reader. I’ve barely gotten ahead of my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 30 books. For the first quarter of the year, I’ve read 14 books and 4 magazines. The year started off slow with mostly magazines. I felt like I was heading for a reading slump because of my lack of concentration and limited reading time.
The older you get, the less time you have to read, unfortunately; and it’s even harder these days because of Netflix. Sorry for blaming you, dear Netflix, but I’m so addicted. Or rather, I was. Giving it up for Lent helped me to curb my addiction but unfortunately, I still find it hard to secure time to read. When at home, my mind constantly wanders to things I could be doing — people to call, chores to do, things to watch. Hence it’s no surprise that the majority of reading I did so far this year was done outside my home either while travelling on trains and buses or while reclining in a hotel.
However, the bright side to all this is that I am reading more deeply and reflecting on the things I read. So I guess I’m getting greater quality out of the decreased quantity of my reads. Anyways, here is a quarter-year roundup since I don’t read much to do a monthly one.