I haven’t been sharing a lot of what’s going on in my life lately and I never want to come across as being preachy – like I’m trying to tell you what to do in your life without telling you what I’m doing in mine. This blog is a personal space for me to share my thoughts and my experiences, and to encourage you to share yours too – so we can get to know each other better and learn from each other. In that vein, I’ll tell you what I’m up to by showing you the last 8 (or 10 if you count the additions) pictures in my camera roll. So here they are in reverse order.
1. When I was going to bed last night (well, this morning), I happened to look at the weather app on my phone and I had to take a screen shot to remember it.
2. Coming home yesterday, I took this picture of the book I’m reading. I started it years ago and never finished it but starting over this time, I’m enjoying the story more. It’s my first book of 2016, which of itself is making me a little antsy because I plan to read 100 books this year and on day 5, I am only at page 42 on the first one. I’m behind! I’m behind!
3. I took this selfie in the bus. I sat close to the back because it’s generally warmer there. But you’ll see there’s no one behind me. No one on the streets. Nobody anywhere, it seemed. It was just too cold.
7. I screen shot this quote because I was looking for a quote for an article I was writing. I should delete it now but it’s still there. You never know when you’ll need a bit of inspiration to go after those crazy dreams you have.
8. Another screen-grab. I do a lot of these because it’s such an easy tool to remind me of stuff. Yesterday, my cousin challenged me to take this test and see how many of these books I had read. I was pretty confident going in. I mean, after all, I read a lot. I’ve always been a reader. I’ve even earned the Professional Reader Status from NetGalley. But it turns out I’ve only read 3 of the books on this list of 100 must-read African American books. Only 3! Wow!
But honestly, I wasn’t too bummed out about that number. I kept myself honest – maybe too honest. Like I could remember which of Maya Angelou’s books I’d read so I didn’t mark any as read. Books I had started but never finished, I also marked as unread. Also, I don’t often read historical fiction, especially books that are heart wrenching tales of slavery and racism. I’m still reeling from having read Roots when I was a teenager (many, Many years in case you’re wondering). So I made a pact to read more from the list but I wasn’t devastated by the results.
But while I was clicking around the site, I found this Rory Gilmore challenge. I’m a big fan of the Gilmore Girls so I wanted to know more. During the course of 7 seasons , apparently Rory was seen reading or holding or talking about 339 books. Now Rory’s character is a young girl, we have (had) similar tastes, so I figured I would do much better with this challenge. How many of those 339 have I read? Hmm. What do you think?
Yup. That’s my number in the little bottom right corner. 37. I was ashamed to call myself a reader after getting those results. But I’m doing something about it. My story doesn’t end here. I’ll have to change some of the books I read this year but my stats will change in 2016! Maybe I’ll dial back my books from contemporary fiction to more of the classics and historical stuff that I used to enjoy.
I promised my cousin I’ll do the test again at the end of the year. We’ll see how I do then.
What do the last few pictures you took say about you?