I love, love books! There are my biggest expense and joy in life. I actually spend more on books than I do on fashion pieces every year. Yes, it's true, for me there is nothing like a fantastic read. Although over the years as I have really harnessed my focus on Thavin & Marcob, my spare time for reading has progressively decreased. I find great joy in books and made the goal of reading at least one book for joy a month this year. While I have strayed away from it a tad bit, I have newly found that I do enjoy reading for a purpose.
Guilt Made Me Do It
Last year I felt really guilty when I would talk to others around me and they stated that they had just read this fantastic novel. One where the characters came alive, that it was a moving story, one of their new beloved reads. They would then ask what I read and my response would be oh I just finished this book on branding a small business. See not exciting to chat about unless you're looking for a fantastic read on that subject. As the year when on, I kept reading all these business books I felt like I could learn something from and all year long I felt out of touch with the book world that I so longingly wanted to be a part of if only I had more time on my hands.
That Was When I Decided To Read For Fun Again
I was feeling so out of place within my social circle that I decided to start reading for fun again. Which is how I came up with the goal of reading one novel for fun every month. I didn't think it would be a hard goal to accomplish, and I am always reading so it was a doable goal. Yet here we are 6 months into the new year, and I have not been able to get this accomplished, not even close. In fact, I haven't read a novel for fun in the last 8 weeks. I have a few sitting on the bookshelf that I have been meaning to get to.
I just haven't gotten there yet.
I Didn't Make My Goal But...
I didn't make my goal of reading a novel for fun every month. Which admittedly made me feel a little guilty. I mean I'm reading all the time anyway so why can't I read faster, do more to fit this in. It seemed like such a little thing and yet it wasn't and that's when it began. That's when I started to realize that there had been a change, a change in me.
For some reason, I decided that reading books on branding, and on business meant I was not reading for me. I wasn't reading for fun. I was just trying to accomplish my goals for my new business. I was trying not to fail, I was trying to grow, to learn how to do what it was I wanted to do. I'm not sure why I didn't see it sooner, I'm not sure why it took me so long to get here. Yet, I have come to realize that my book topics hadn't just changed over the last few years. I had changed. I'm different. I am reading for fun, I am choosing my topics the same way I choose my novels. My reading materials are all about me. It is exciting when I reading a book on branding and I can compare what I'm doing with what the author is suggesting, or if the author tells me something I didn't know. What I love the most is still the moment in the book when I connect with the author.
With novels, you connect with the author through the characters of the story. However with these new books, I'm reading, these new topics I'm discovering. I find myself connecting with the actual author. The sharing of trials fails, picking up oneself. The learning, the inspiration, the keep going attitude. It soothes my soul to know I'm doing okay, that they are right there with me in my world, in my everyday. I found my joy of reading again. It never went away, we just grew a little bit and I forgot to stop and notice it!
Here Is The Beginning Of My Summer Reading List
With this new found knowledge I decided to choose my books a little different this year. I've decided to reach for those that call to me and this new person I am and getting to know.
Now I don't have my whole summer list complete but I have ordered a few to start with and I'm sharing them with you guys!
The Ragged Edge Of The Night By Hawker, Olivia
Own Your Everyday By Dooley, Jordan Lee
Badass Your Brand By Silva, Pia
Unf*ck Yourself By Bishop,Gary John
Sold On Monday By McMorris, Kristina
Do you guys see it? These topics are so all over the place there is no real rhyme or reason, yet I'm excited to get to these books. This new me, I'm realizing is amazing. I love having the ability to grow as a person!
What books are you planning on reading this summer?
I'd love to discover a great read from you
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