At the beginning of this year, one of my New Year resolutions was to have read a hundred books by the end of the year. I didn’t do my calculations well as I later discovered that to read a hundred books in a year I have to read an average of two books per week. Two books don’t seem that much but with all my other obligations, it will require a certain amount of effort on my part.
Despite the challenge I might face, I decided to go ahead with the plan and I even wrote it on this blog so as to be accountable. So far, I am on book number 50.
I have learnt a lot from these forty-eight books. I have travelled the world in them, visited places I have never been, viewed sights I have never before glimpsed and experienced new things. I have eaten diverse cuisine, experienced different cultures and mingled with interesting minds. I have stretched my imagination, and I have increased my repertoire of knowledge. That is the power of reading.
As a writer, we must also cultivate the habit of reading, and we shouldn’t read just for the sake of reading, but rather read to learn. Read to experience far more than we can in our little neighborhoods and expand our thought scope in the process. It is by reading other people’s works that we get challenged to be more and to do more.
There’s a lot of information out there that can help us in our quests to be world renown writers. We just have to tap into the reservoir of knowledge and drink from the well of information available to us. Through reading, we enhance our own works and it becomes better and more refined.
I am still on my journey to 100 books by December 31st. Wish me luck, and, if you’ll like to join me on this journey, let me know so we can rock on together.