One of the first goals I set here was to read more. While it’s obvious to me that I’m reading more now than I was when I set that goal for myself, I’m still not sure I accomplished what I set out to do. One reason for my uncertainty, I think, is that the wording in my original goal is vague. I conveniently left out specifics, such as how much I would read, what I would read, and how often I would read. Can picking up and reading a newspaper be held tantamount to picking up and reading a book, for example? Was reading a few of the newest best-sellers enough to satisfy me, or should I have familiarized myself more with the latest articles in various scientific journals? Was reading for several hours twice a week enough, or would I have enjoyed it more if I read for thirty minutes every night? One thing I was hoping to discover in setting my goals was what is most important to me to spend my time doing. “Reading more” is definitely important to me, but I think I need to focus more on the details of this goal in order to observe tangible results.
Censorship has always been an issue that interests me. With Banned Books Week soon coming up, I thought it would be fun to see how many “banned” or challenged books I would be able to read by that time. Though I hope (for now) to read fifty of them, I’m not actually setting a time limit under which to read that many. I’m just having fun.
Once I complete this goal, I’ll pick out a new theme to read by. Hopefully, in that way, I’ll realize my ambition to “read more.”