To the Editor: I wanted to write to offer Kailynn Cross good luck on her New Year's resolution to read 100 books! Such an ambitious goal, although reading five books the first week is a great start.
As a librarian, I've gone for the 100 books in a year goal myself, and was able to accomplish it in three of the last five years. I'd love to provide some tips from the experience:
1: Read what you love...but also read what you don't love. Just like with food, while we want to eat our favorites, variety is important as well. Maybe once a week, sprinkle in a book from an author or a genre you haven't read before. Your new favorite book may be waiting to be discovered!
2: Some weeks will be fast — 4 or 5 books, and some weeks may be slow — only 1 or 2 books. Just remember, it's a goal not an assignment. Enjoy the process.
3: This is the most important advice I can give — remember to have fun. Doing 100 of anything can be hard, if you don't like what you're doing. Some nights you'll just be too tired to read any more pages. Don't push yourself just to get to your goal. Remember WHY you're doing it — because you love reading.
The years I got to 100 were the years I didn't worry about getting to 100. The years I missed were because I was trying so hard it no longer became fun. I had forgotten I started because I just loved to read. You've got a lifetime of reading in front of you, with an entire universe of books waiting for you to open them. Good luck on your resolution and enjoy the journey!
Jared Della Rocca