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One of my new year resolutions was to read (at least) 50 books in 2016. Yes I, too, have those and I find them quite the proof that a person is an actual, living, breathing human being and not a robo-survey taker. That’s how I test myself anyways.  

To read at least 50 books means that I have to get under my belt four books a month minimum and one extra every six months. That’s quite an undertaking for many of us in generations X to Z. It seems that only retired people might have enough time to read four books (and more) a month these days because they only have 25 friends on Facebook (50 if they have a large family with numerous kids and grandkids, names of some occasionally skip their minds) and haven’t yet turned other social media platforms into a living hell (Beware Snapchat! They’re watching you). Other times, they’re just bored and need to fill their time with hobbies that won’t require a spouse’s participation (nagging). Who knows what the circumstances are? One thing’s for sure; no one has time to read.  

I beg to differ but more important – I know telling something has yet to work in life if you want to change people’s minds so I set out to show that reading isn't about having enough time or not having any. Time is the irrelevant element in this equation; unlike desire. One of my closest friends has once told me (and I quote) that whenever she gets a chance to read something, she prefers to read useful articles about her industry that will benefit her in advancing her career and achieving her goals.

WOW. Dostoevsky just shed a tear on the other side and Hemingway had to take out a handkerchief to wipe it.

Long story short (see I already know I’m losing some readers at paragraph four, page freaking one) I decided to take on a mission to read 50 books in 2016 (such a brave heart I turned out to be). My purpose? Is to prove to my generation and probably few others to follow that reading is pure fun and doesn’t require a person to find the time. We can only find things that are lost. Time restarts itself every day giving us a new opportunity to not lose it so why worry so much?

Today is February 21, 2016 and I am happy to report that I am well on schedule, having enjoyed companionship of five books already with three more next in line before the month ends.

So far, I have read (and reread some parts of) the below pieces of fictional and nonfictional literature and better yet, internalized their core messages and already applied the new skills I acquired through these books in real life.

January:

failed to put the fourth book in my read basket. Will make up for it in February. 

February:

still debating what the fifth book should be. Any suggestions? 

In all fairness, a 2-week travel to Brazil slowed my reading schedule down but never stopped it. I will of course share my life-changing experiences in this beautiful part of the world, where I honestly think the creator was a bit more generous with its imagination while us, the humans were destructive enough to shadow its beauty,  without fail.

Just in case you don’t believe I can keep up the pace (or interest), below is a commitment contract that I learned existed thanks to a book called Carrots and Sticks

by Ian Ayres. His ideas around commitment are actually very impressive and well-worth fifteen minutes of your time. (You can find them here to dwell on the subject). If I fail at my mission, I swear to donate money to Donald Trump. That’s how serious I am. Also if you want to follow my progress more closely, let’s be friends on Goodreads and you might even catch a few of my thoughts and ideas on what I read if you fancy.

Game on.

DA