one book a week??

Ever since I’ve started to feel I spend more time doing nothing than reading, I’ve wanted to do this challenge.

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”                                                                                                                 – Stephen King

This year however, I want to take on the challenge of reading one book per week, and by the end of the year, I would (hopefully) have read at least 50 books. I’ve already finished reading two books (Let the Great World Spin and Anne Frank), and am currently reading the third (Never Let Me Go).

I have an unfortunate tendency to read multiple books at once, and, if I become too immersed in one book, I would forget all the rest of the books I’ve been reading. It happened when I started to read Anne Frank, dropping On Writing, Never Let Me Go, and several others. Hopefully, with the one book a week, I’ll be able to break this habit.

I remember how when I was a kid, nearly all I did was read (and watch the occasional Disney movie), but after I started middle school (when the workload piled until I had almost no time to do anything but homework), I fell into this pit where I would only read a few books each year. The Chinese education system is extremely flawed in this way: teaching us three years worth of material in two, only assigning books that they deemed “worth the read”, and not leaving us time for any extracurriculars. This is the period of my life when I fell out of love with books. But this year, I am determined to rediscover the joy I felt spending hours upon hours reading, devouring the words in hopes that I will someday create my own.


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