Why I Love... A Fresh Start

It's a brand new year! You know what that means... it's a fresh start on reading. I love when the new year rolls around because it means a new reading tracking sheet, a fresh reading list in my bullet journal, and a whole new host of books to read.

A few years ago, I gave up making reading resolutions. I found that I was too focused on numbers and it really subtracted from the pleasurable side of reading. I would pick books I knew I could speed read through just to pad my yearly totals. Now, I tell myself it's okay to read whatever strikes my fancy. My numbers of books read each year has dropped precipitously, but I enjoy what I am reading much more.

What I love most about each new year is that I get a fresh start to find something new. I scroll through my TBR lists (I have one on Pinterest, one in excel - that needs a major overhaul, and a mental list) and the "best of" lists that always come out around the holidays. I add anything that looks good to my TBR pile, and then I hit the library (or a bookstore if one of my favorite authors has something out). I start off the new year with a great slate of reading options and then I grab whatever looks good to me in the moment.

New year. New books. All is right in my world.

If you inhale, you can almost smell the crisp, clean pages.