Maybe it's just me, but I find it incredibly hard to read when I have a baby... I really think that there is something to the "baby brain" cliche! I don't know if it is trying to keep up with them (and the endless nursing, diapering, wrangling and just enjoying their sweet antics) or if, as I suspect, my brain truly doesn't function at the same level. Either way, it's always been a challenge for me. I do feel like I'm doing better this time, perhaps because I have a certain amount of reading that I need to do for homeschooling? Also I find that the Kindle (or Kindle app) really do help me read more. The ability to turn a page with a flick of a finger and not have to keep an actual book (with paper, delicious paper) inside is very helpful!
Just a quick blurry snapshot to illustrate my sweet challenge... blurry, because she doesn't sit still and I usually take photos with my phone which can be hard to focus. Notice the toys behind her, the eager look on her face. You can't really see it, but she's probably dripping snot (poor baby has had a cold since Christmas!) So, I do have a good excuse not to read as much, but it is so good for my mental and emotional health to read, so I am going to stretch myself and try to read as much as I can. (While chasing her, I'm sure... did I mention sitting up at 4 months and has been crawling since 6 months, and is cruising and standing independently at 8 months?)
So, I have three reading challenges that I'm going to participate in for 2015. First up is the Goodreads challenge... easy enough, right? My Goodreads goal is 65 books... I do update my Goodreads account somewhat regularly, so hopefully the challenge will encourage me to do a better job with that (and perhaps write more reviews?)
And the first book I finished this year was Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay. I did enjoy it, and felt that it had a lot of wisdom in it for what in some ways felt like a light read about a weighty subject. (I also enjoyed "Dear Mr. Knightley by the same author last year.)
This brings me to my next reading challenge, hosted by my current favorite blogger, Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy. I have really loved a lot of her book recommendations over the past year (she is my "go to" resource for finding book ideas AND great Kindle deals!) Plus she's a homeschool mom, does Whole 30s and loves her Jawbone (my new fun gadget) so what's not to appreciate? I also love that she does a great job interacting with her readers on her blog and on Facebook, so I'm exicted about her 2015 reading challenge.
(To be clear, this is Modern Mrs. Darcy's graphic, NOT mine- so click through for more info!)
And finally, I am joining Candace at Mercy is New in "Praying through the Bible in 100 days". She also has a Facebook group, and lots of resources and encouragement. I'm finding that I can accomplish most of the reading in the early morning while nursing the baby (though I must admit I almost feel BACK asleep while reading this morning!) I have wanted to read through at a fast past for some time, and I have tried (and failed) at this challenge in the past. But I am hoping that this time I will be successful!
My perspective is that even if I "fail", at least I will read more in 2015!