Raising My Three And Me

The unfiltered thoughts and happenings of a married SAHM


I Tried Reading For 30 Days

This is the last day of May and I feel as though I haven’t focused on my blog in a long time.

One of my goals for the month was to read every single day. I didn’t go in with a firm guide on this goal because I know how easily I give up and find excuses. There was no “read x amount of books” or “read x amount of pages” or any firm rules of the day.

I just told myself that I would read every single day.

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Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog, or welcome if this is your first time here. My name is Christina and I’m a married stay-at-home mom of three daughters. I love sharing my journey of raising my three and sharing bits of what I enjoy doing. If this sounds great to you, I would love to have you join the little family.

Why did I choose to read more this month?

One of the things I used to do is to try different things over a span of a week. I wanted to get back into that and decided that reading every day would be a great idea.

Reading is a hobby that I used to do a lot as a teenager. Well, I was never a bookworm exactly but I did enjoy curling up to read.

I have been wanting to get back into reading and read more than I have in the past. So, I figured I had to start reading and the perfect way to do so is to challenge myself to crack open a book every day.

What was I thinking throughout the month?

For the most part, reading every day was relatively simple. I read some books on my bookshelf, checked out some from the library, and even got to treat myself to buying six new books for my shelves.

Overall, I was surprised at how this challenge, experiment, whatever you would call this, went.

These were some of the thoughts I had:

  • I don’t want to read.
  • I don’t have time to get through this.
  • I’m really struggling with this one.
  • I might have to DNF this one.
  • I really like watching the progress on Goodreads.
  • I have read so many books.
  • I want to buy a bunch of new books.
  • Adult thriller is actually interesting.
  • Adult romance, not so much.
  • I’m okay with 2-3 POVs but any more than that feels extremely messy.
  • I really want to write a novel.
  • Reading is a lot of fun.

On a scale of 1-10 how challenging was this experiment?

When it comes to rating this difficulty, 10 is going to be the biggest difficulty whereas 1 is the easiest.

I would say that this was about a 4 in regards to difficulty as it was relatively easy to do.

The most challenging part was having to make judgment calls on whether or not to stop reading a certain book, which was really hard at first, and then there were moments when I did not want to read and dreaded doing so.

On the flip side, there were books that I would fly through and days where I would read a lot of pages throughout the day.

How many books did I read in total?

Before I get started on how many books I read, I wanted to say that I DNFed three books this month. I’m someone who needs to have a slight interest in mustering up the energy to do something. Reading is no different.

I started reading eight books this month, finished 4, and I’m almost done with another one, but I will probably finish it next month instead.

Will I continue to implement this in the future?

Absolutely! I really enjoyed reading and don’t mind cracking open books more during the day,

Although I don’t mind reading daily, especially since I’m seeing a major improvement with my reading abilities, I will not be forcing myself to read. I will definitely DNF more books and not read when I’m feeling miserable.

However, I definitely learned that cracking open a book makes me feel a lot better than scrolling through my phone about useless stuff.

Final Thoughts:

Reading every day for May was a lot of fun, albeit a little bit challenging at times. I really did enjoy being able to focus on my love of reading again and picked up a lot of different titles.

Do you read every day? What’s the last thing that you have read? What would you recommend me trying next? Let me know down in the comments or emailing me directly beyondjustmom@gmail.com.

A round of applause!

That’s it for me, thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and I’ll see you all next time.

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