Escapism v2.015

readingEvery year I set myself a goal of reading more books through the helpful book fanatic site, Goodreads. I smashed through last year’s target of 12, by reading 14. I know, I can tell you’re impressed. The problem with last year was that I didn’t start seriously reading until my mid-year holiday in Greece. Many hours were spent on a sun lounger, book or kindle in one hand, cocktail in the other, when it got the ball rolling for me in 2014. I love to read, I always have a book on the go – but sometimes unless I am completely engrossed in a book I won’t make the time to actually sit still and read.

I find taking 30 minutes or if I’m lucky, an hour, out of my day to sit and read extremely therapeutic. It’s my version of meditation. You forget the day you’ve had, the things you’ve not yet achieved, the fact your useless housemate still hasn’t ever put the rubbish out (grrrr!) and instead delve deep into someone else’s problems or the excitement of a character’s high. It’s escapism. I won’t lie, it may seem that I have my shit together most days, to be honest I’m sure that’s how a lot of people see me (except my best friend who knows I will burst into tears when my sister hasn’t returned my text – true story, I’m prone to overreacting), but sometimes I absolutely love to escape, I crave it.

This year, the year of 2015 in which I intend to re-brand myself; my soul, my lifestyle and my priorities, I have set myself the huge (it’s huge in my mind!) task of reading 30 books. I’m already 1.7 books in and am determined to switch off the telly and laptop and instead dive into my ‘to-read’ list.

Have you set yourself a guilty pleasure/escapism challenge for 2015?

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Escapism v2.015

3 thoughts on “Escapism v2.015

  1. I used to drive when I lived back home in Auckland, so now that I live in London and commute via tube I find it way easier to do a bit of reading! Even if it’s only for twenty minutes a day, total. I’m one book in to my twenty book challenge, as you might have already seen on Goodreads 😀

    1. I try and read during commuting too! It’s the perfect time. Except I do three stops on two different lines, meaning by time I’m into my chapter I’m then getting off to walk to the next line. Not that I’m asking for a longer commute!!! NEVER!
      Defo following your progress 😉

  2. I love reading, it’s like breathing. I feel bereft without a book on the go. I don’t have a target as I read and read anyway, but I’ve just read The Miniturist, which was brilliant, and am halfway through The First 15 Lives of Harry August, which is excellent. They are Richard and Judy book club ones, but for a good reason! Enjoy your reading challenge.

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