Welcome to the new year.

Truth is… that the new year basically smashed into me when I wasn’t looking.

Half the things I wanted to have done by the first day of this year are not even IN my to-do list yet and winter break feels way too short to really accomplish much.

Between the fact that winter is always my busiest season and all kinds of family obligations that always pop up during these holidays (that I’m not through with yet), time has rapidly escaped me.

The first day of the year caught me one third into The Decay of an Angel by Yukio Mishima, and almost to the last part of The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston.

The first one seemed very difficult to read, what I found surprising to me (and I’m sure you will too when I mention that my copy of this book is in my native language!!) but I think it had to do with the fact that it is a translation. I want to think that it would make a lot more sense if I knew some Japanese.

There was no such problem with the second one, but I kept feeling like I was missing something by never being able to immerse myself fully into the story. So, I decided to put it aside for now and pick it back up another time, when I can give it my full attention.

Even so, reading is not something I can actually stop doing, so…

A few months back, I saw in the news that according to statistics (where do they get those, I don’t know… Nobody asked me!) the average person in my country reads about 5 books a year… And that fact made me sad.

I usually feel there isn’t enough time to read all the books I want to read… I wish I could read more and work less, and sometimes (maybe more often than I should) even sacrifice a few hours sleep to be able to read more.

So this year, instead of a challenge, I decided to read as many books as I can. The goal of course is to read more than last year, but I just really want to know how many are possible for me to read while never neglecting all my other responsabilities.

Without delay, let’s get started!

 

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