There is something I absolutely love about browsing through books in a store and picking up a new book, to bend back the fresh cover and delve into a new world.  I have such an addition to picking up new books whether online, audio or in the shop itself and no matter how many I have on the shelf at home which at one point I was dying to have, yet have never gotten round to reading...I still end up buying another. 

I am on a mission to cut back on my spending, whether it be clothes, ridiculous priced toys for my pup, tech... I spend far too much on unnecessary items every month and then wonder why on earth I haven't managed to save a penny.  Books is my latest area I'm honing in on mostly because I have an enormous amount on my bookshelf that I have never read, some I have never even attempted to read.

So I have set myself a challenge that I must read all of the unloved books on my shelf before I can pick up a new one.  I do have the exception of donating books I just won't ever read due to it not being of interest to me.  Family and Friends often bring around bag fulls of books they have read and no longer wish to hold onto and of course I say yes to free books - I mean who in their right mind would say no?  Some I end up absolutely loving, however the majority of hand me down books tend to me of a certain stereotypical romance gone wrong variety that just isn't my jam.  Hand me a good crime thriller, or fantasy book over those any day of the week.  So, along with refraining from buying new books I also need to donate those I just won't ever read and learn to say no to books I know won't interest me.  It's the natural hoarder in me, and the need to fill my ceiling high bookshelves in the living room.

I set myself a challenge every year on Goodreads to encourage me to pick up a book more often.  I adore reading but find the idea of picking up a book over an episode of Jessica Jones difficult to do.  It can be hard to set aside time to read and it's something I really need to start doing.  I used to often listen to books through Audible both on my train journey to university or when travelling to work in the car, now I am working 5minutes away from home I don't have that free time unfortunately so I need to find a new way of incorporating this into my busy routine.  Maybe start listening to audio books when I'm doing the chores in the house?

Anyway, what I am trying to say in a round a bout way is that I love reading I just find it quite hard to motivate myself to start reading.  Once I am submerged into a great story I almost rush home to find out what is happening next.  I recently finished reading "Eleanor Oliphant is absolutely fine" and it was definitely one that fell into that category.

So let me know, do you have stacks of books piled high waiting to be read? Do you find it difficult to motivate yourself to read? & when do you like to read?

If you would like to keep up on what I am currently reading you can catch me over on Goodreads - here