Did you know that March is “National Reading Month”? I certainly didn’t know this, and as someone whose favorite hobby, hands-down, is reading, I’m pretty psyched about this. I feel like this month calls for some hard core reading to celebrate! (To clarify, by “hard core,” I do not mean gritty novels, I am referring to reading multiple novels.) About how many novels do you read a month? As a homeschooler, I used to easily average at least two, maybe three, a month. (And that seemed slow for me when I had friends reading 2-3 a week.) Sadly, that’s no longer the case. I’m happy if I finish one novel a month, and sometimes that’s stretching it. *sobs*
The state of my reading is really quite a sad case at the moment. However, I think “National Reading Month” may just give me the push I need to make more time to read! I believe I’d probably have time to read before bed if I stopped scrolling on my phone for the night and picked up my book instead. Please tell me that’s not just me! After the end of a long day, with barely 20-30 minutes before lights-out, it’s so much easier for me to just mind-numbingly scroll on my phone to catch up on what I missed all day. I really do enjoy being on my phone at night before bed. Aside from the losing-out-on-reading-time factor, I’ve heard this can disturb a person’s quality of sleep. And yet, I continue to do it because it’s just easier than making my brain focus and process a written story.
Using that time to read would be so much better. Honestly, I’d get through several more books.
Therefore, I am challenging myself for #NationalReadingMonth to put down the phone, pick up the book, and get at least some reading in every night. That might mean just five minutes of reading, or maybe as much as an hour. Either way, I want to open that book every night! Weekends are also on my challenge, for which I am determined to get at least an hour of reading every Saturday.
I hope you’ll join me in reading more this month for National Reading Month! If you don’t know what to read, Goodreads has some awesome lists! Also, in perfect timing for the new “Beauty and the Beast” movie (for which I am ridiculously excited!), here’s a “Beauty and the Beast” inspired book list for teens that might give you a few new titles to read. Also to make National Reading Month even more excited, be sure to enter this giveaway for “Roses are Read”–a book of powerful, raw teenage poetry (please note that the book contains expletives).
Happy reading! Just like seeds are planted in March to produce beautiful blooming flowers, let’s plant seeds of habitual reading this month.
Tialla Rising is a homeschool graduate and a published author. She lives in the mountains of Arizona with her amazing husband, where she enjoys reading, Netflix, writing, and more! Visit her website at http://www.tiallarising.com.