Have you ever made a Tumblr or an Instagram account, started a “Project 365”, have great progress in posting day by day for a few months, and then started posting less and less and less until you abandoned the whole thing?
No? Good for you. I am envious of your accomplishment. Aside from those 30-Day Music Challenges on both Tumblr and Twitter, I have never completed any month-long project, let alone a year-long project. Even if I pray to seven deities or gather all of the inspiration from the entire universe, I still end up being a lazy piece of work.
And here I am making my own year-long project that involves reading a number of books. Because why not! Why not create a new burden and stack it over the other burdens in my goddamn life?
Oh. Sorry. That got, um…
Anyway, seriously, I have been struggling into reading books more often ever since college—a time when I paid more attention to comic books over plain text, when Batman and Deadpool captured my imagination first and then Theodore Boone and Smaller and Smaller Circles. And I have taken upon myself on a project that will hopefully help me ease back into reading books regularly again. I call it the 13 Books Project.
The rules are simple:
For one whole year, I am going to read any book I can get my hands on—fantasy, crime, self-help, whatever book I want to read. I just have to make sure I finish 13 books by the end of the year.
With that main goal, I think 1 book per month would not hurt a busy, slow reader like me. I could modify the challenge along the way, but the goal is still the same: 13 books for one whole year.
I already started the challenge by dwelling on Neil Gaiman’s short short Fragile Things.
You can join in the challenge, if you like! Just let me know if you in the comments section or on Twitter if you fancy that. (My handle is @DerangedWriter, of course.)
Good luck to me!