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My 2020 Reading Plan

I love me a good list. It's rather a compulsion; my children even recognize this, and have--on the occasions of stressful days--confidently brought me paper and pencil and asked, "Would it help to make a list, Mama?"

Like every other area of my life, I feel settled and confident when I make a list of my reading plans. I choose one or two reading challenges, craft a curated list of titles, and jump in.

The problem is, somewhere around April I start feeling less excited. I always find so many other books that I want to read, whether they're on my own shelf or the library's or a book sale table stacked waist-high. And suddenly my perfect list begins to feel like a chore chart. Those books I'd planned with so much enthusiasm in January, I have to slog through in July, because I'm no longer in the mood to read them.

Have you ever experienced this? It's such a regular pattern with me, that I've decided to make some changes for 2020. I still chose two re…

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