National Book Month
I haven’t had a routine in months and now that my life is changing I know that I need to create a new regime. Since I am starting a new job (I will talk about this further in future posts), I will have a regular routine from work and will be able to schedule times for me to sit down and write for my blog. When I had a routine last year, maintaining a blogging schedule was easy and I was very satisfied with the outcome of this work. To kick off my regular blogging schedule, I decided that this is a great time to talk about my plans for National Book Month.
National Book Month was originally a program created by the National Book Foundation (NBF) in October. National Book Month was created a part of a national effort to raise the profile of reading in America. Despite the fact that it is no longer a program run by the NBF, people are still observing this month on social media. There are many ways that you can observe National Book Month like picking up your favourite books or by getting to any new books you have been meaning to read.
My Goals for National Book Month
My Reading Goals
My goal for this month is to finish 5 books. I know it’s a little ambitious based on how I’ve been reading all year but I’m confident that I will be able to achieve this because of the time I plan on dedicating to reading. I’m really hoping to reach this goal so that I will get back on track for my yearly reading challenge. I’m currently halfway through re-reading the entire Harry Potter series. Once I have completed the series, I’m going to focus my reading on Canadian books from my to-be-read list. I’ve wanted to read more Canadian literature and now that I am going to be working for a Canadian book publisher, I definitely need to.
Time Dedicated to Reading
This month, I plan to dedicate a lot of my time to reading. I’m going to aim to read for 1 hour at home every day (7 hours/week) as well as during my commute (10 hours/week). That means that over the next 4 weeks, I will be dedicating almost 70 hours towards reading. This amount of time means that I should have no problems completing my monthly of goal of finishing 5 books.
Social Media Posts
This month, I plan to dedicate my social media posts towards National Book Month. All of my posts will include the hashtag #NationalBookMonth. I will be sharing updates on what I’m currently reading as well as sharing my favourite books on Instagram. The majority of posts will be focused on my bookstagram account. I plan to use this month to be creative in the types of things that I post on my social media accounts. I’ve lost some inspiration lately so I’m excited for a bookish theme to help me out.
As part of National Book Month, I have decided to dedicate all of my Wednesday posts towards a book-related theme. I have yet to decide what these posts will entail but I am very excited to be able to talk about books every week. If I end up enjoying have this as a weekly theme, I may expand it past the end of October. But we will see… Only time can tell.
Preparing for National Novel Writing Month
Another way that I’m going to observe National Book Month is by preparing for NaNoWriMo 2018. I’m extremely excited for this year’s NaNoWriMo because I am finally going to start to write a story that has been alive in my mind for years now. The struggle I am going to have with this story is that I haven’t been able to imagine much of the story past the inciting incident. But the beginning is so clear to me as well as the main character’s back-story that I know I need to start writing this book. So I plan to spend this month planning and trying to figure out the rest of the story and different scenes that I can write each day. I was a rebel last year and included my blog posts towards my word count. But this year, I plan to have all 50,000 words be relevant to my story.
Question of the Day: How are you going to observe National Book Month?