So I started this auspicious goal of reading only new authors for the month of May. It kind of, sort of, mostly worked out that way. The problem is that I didn’t read much in May. I got super busy with life, my nieces, running, training for a triathlon (because one kind of pain just isn’t enough), looking for a house and just … well… life in general. I also read several books by familiar authors but didn’t want to post those reviews (I cheated, I know). So while I read 5 new author books and have more on tap what I’ll probably do is try to expand this goal to the end of the year.
That way I can mix in new authors with old, still getting my fix while searching for new authors.
This also lets me be slightly more lazy with my reading. I have no time to watch TV and I usually read my m/m books at work in 10 min blocks. So work needs to slow down.
Why can’t I just live a life of leisure? I need to win the lottery.
So I’ll begin the week with a picture of the water park we went to on Saturday to celebrate my niece’s 2nd birthday, the adorable River Tam.
The water lines sprung a leak and it took about an hr to fix it. This was their idea in the meantime.
8 thoughts on “I’m pretty much a failure…”
Real life sucks! It interferes with my fun.
You did not bad. I think it’s pretty hard to committing solely to one type of book like new authors. At least you read some. 🙂
You owe me a note about those preachy authors. LOL 😉
Oh thanks for reminding me. I’ll do that now.
Some is better than none I tell myself.
No such thing at failure when it comes to reading. Sure, you might not reach the goals that you put in front of yourself, but real life certainly has a way of gripping you by the scruff of the neck and giving you a little (or a huge?) shake now and again. I think it’s great that you even got a little reading done at all! 🙂
Take care of yourself! If you’ve yet to do that triathalon, please please PLEASE make sure you get a few massages! I speak from experience… as the massage therapist, not the triathlete. XD
Well I didn’t get as much done as I’d like (I was hoping for a new author from each publisher) but if I open my timeframe up to the rest of the year then it’s more likely I’ll get it done.
I need a massage! My brother recently did a half ironman and he said he was wrecked for almost 4 days after. He said getting the massage 2 wks after helped.
I’ve done a lot of post-event massages on triathletes and those who’ve done ironman (is the plural ironmen? XD). They typically come in one to three days after the event. Depending on how soon after the competition it is, the techniques used should change a bit, since you’re dealing with the body in different states. 🙂 ;If you’re super sore, the therapist should be using only firm pressure (not deep), and a lot of broad strokes that are more along the lines of Swedish and Lymphatic techniques. Lots of compression (simple, steady pressing), effleurage (smooth broad movements toward the heart), and petrissage (kneading). You want to move things around but not do deep work that might cause more trauma post-event. Your body’s already been through enough. 😉
Hope that helps if you’re gonna get a massage soon! It can be really nice a few days post-event while your body is still recovering. Just make sure you hydrate like a mad woman!
Thank you so much!! That’s actually a huge help! And a great way to reward myself after it.
I had goal in May as well, unlike yours, it was nothing major or at all difficult. I planned to completely re-read the Nalini Singh psy-challanging books before the 12th in the series came out. A true reread, no skimming and reading books I had skipped before. I thought I would reread this series rather quickly, it didn’t work out that way, I am on book 9 and the 12th book releases tomorrow. Life got in the way. I forgot that summer means lawn mowing and gardening in my leisure time and so when I lay down at night, instead of reading, my body wants sleep.
Your goal is huge because reading outside your comfort zone can be so difficult. You should be proud of what you have accomplished, especially with what is going on in your life. I mean a triathlon, that is fantastic.
I’m shocked you got through 9 books of the series in a month! With no burnout. That is a seriously impressive goal. Plus while the 12th came out this month it’s not going anywhere so you will catch up pretty soon no doubt.
I get what you mean about sleeping at night and not reading. I’m way too tired to get my brain to read at night these days so usually I sneak it in on lunch breaks and sometimes I get about 30 min in the morning. With the weather so nice I’m thinking of planning a cabin weekend where i can read on the deck and do nothing else! Wonder if I’d stick to that.