I don’t know if this will strike you as good news or bad, but we are now past the halfway point of 2021. My own world looks markedly different today than it did on January 1—in countless ways, including in my reading life.
Perhaps your needs and desires have likewise changed, as mine have, since you thought through your 2021 reading life intentions back in December. Perhaps you don’t even remember what you wanted from your reading life six and a half months ago.
I know what I wanted then: when I set my intentions for my reading life back in December, I wanted to read for connection, surprises, and delight. And while those things are still true, I’ve found that, more and more, I want to prioritize reading for replenishment and energy as well.
I’m in a different place than I was seven months ago—the whole world is in a different place—and it’s no surprise my reading intentions have subtly shifted.
I know I’m not alone. That’s why today, on the 200th day of the year, I’d like to invite you to take a breath and remember, recenter, or reimagine what you hope to get from your reading time this year. We’re a long way from year’s end, but it’s not too soon to check in and ask yourself what’s working—and what’s not—in your reading life.
What our 2021 Reading Life Challenge is all about
This year’s reading challenge is a choose-your-own adventure, because above all, reading is personal. Your reading life doesn’t look exactly like anyone else’s. That’s why your challenge is not to just check off a list of twelve reading prompts, but to create the reading life you want and need.
Click here for the details on our 2021 Reading Life Challenge, where we explain it all and walk you through our process.
The value of a mid-year check-in
Many readers are finding it helpful to revisit their Reading Life Challenge worksheet from time to time, or filling out a fresh one every few months. Our worksheet provides a focused, structured way to reassess your reading life, and think through what you want and need right now.
For many of you, nearly seven months have elapsed since you first envisioned your 2021 reading life and made a plan to make it happen. Now’s a great time to stop and ask yourself: Is that still what you want?
If yes: are you on track to get where you want to go? If not: what do you want now? (There’s no harm in changing course—what we want is to help you do it on purpose.)
Make a plan to follow through
Part of our Reading Life Challenge is to choose several mini-projects that suit your wants and needs right now. Don’t forget about those projects! (Today a friend and I are going to go make donations to a handful of little free libraries in my area, so I’ll get to cross one off my list by the end of the day, woohoo!)
It’s not too late to jump in!
If you set your intentions back in December, revisit our Reading Life Challenge worksheets to review what you wanted then, and think through how it’s going now. (Hint: search your email for “reading life challenge” to access that kit again.)
If you’re joining us for the first time: get your Reading Life Challenge kit now by signing up below. We’ll send it immediately. After that you’ll get regular reading news and inspiration to help you meet your reading goals.
We’d love to hear: what do you want from your reading life right now? Have your reading wants and needs shifted since the end of last year? What are your guiding intentions for the rest of 2021? Tell us in the comments section!