My 2020 Accomplishment
I know I am a little late on this, but I wanted to share something that I accomplished in the lovely year that we called 2020! Joking, well kind of. I know a lot went down last year and for many including myself, it was a rough year. But, one thing I am super proud of accomplishing was that I started reading! Let me tell you I haven’t picked up a book, that I didn’t have to read (honestly, I barely even read those) since I was in elementary school. I am not even exaggerating, I used to hate reading. So, here’s my 2020 Accomplishment: a year of books!
So, a little bit of back story, I am a terrible reader. Like I think my 11- and 9-year-old sisters have a better reading ability than I do. That’s why reading has always been such a turn-off to me, I hated that I was so bad at it. I know what you’re thinking, “Kasey you write blog posts you aren’t illiterate why are you complaining?” I am just trying to explain why it is such a big accomplishment for me.
When I was in college, a couple of my friends introduced me to a few apps that had the fun choose your own path stories. The graphics helped keep my attention so I could really get into the story. It was really a nice way to dip my toes in the water. From there, I started getting really into them…I downloaded a ton of stories. I was on them non-stop! I started to get away from ones that had a ton of animation and spent more time on stories that were mostly text. But, I eventually got annoyed with only reading parts of the full stories because you had to “pay” for better parts of the stories. So, by the time I got out of college, I stopped reading altogether. That’s when I really started blogging and I wanted to focus attention on that.
A year later…
Fast forward a year later I moved into my new apartment and wanted to buy a few coffee-table books (which are so EXPENSIVE for no freaking reason, lol). I started researching some cute books along with some preppy books to have in my collection (purely as decoration). But, I found a few and I actually read two of them. It took almost the entire Summer (2019) to read those two books, and when Summer ended, I gave up reading again. Something about being at the beach (my beach essentials) did make it easier to read.
Another year later… (SpongeBob Voice)
Then, COVID-19 hit the next year. And you know what that meant: lockdown. I picked back up on the old apps that I was using and got pretty into it, I was going through stories lightning fast. This led me to join a book club, and I was a goner. I joined because I wanted to read the book they were reading. Even though I didn’t read it on the same timeline as the rest of the girls in the book club, I was proud I finished it.
I then realized that the main app I was using were stories made from actual books! So, I tested the waters and bought a series that I had read on the app. And let me tell you…100% better! Now I was hooked, I couldn’t stop reading! I still can’t stop…every time I finished a book, I would tell my Mom, she was so proud and after a couple of books she kept telling me “You have read more in this past month than you have in your entire life.”
I am so proud that I was able to find something that I love doing that isn’t watching TV or being on my phone. I am still not the best reader, but I don’t let it stop me and I can still finish the occasional book in a day. I do suffer when I read a book I don’t like, I can’t get back into reading another one for like a month, so I am still a work in progress,
I hope you enjoyed my 2020 accomplishment and for the full list of books that I have read check out my 2020 Reading List post! It has some of my favorites along with some other books I have read!
Thanks for reading!