As 2018 ended, I became painfully aware of how much time I was spending on screens–mostly my phone and the TV. I notoriously delay updating my phone, so before I did that, I downloaded the app Moment to track my screen time. Now that screen time tracking comes with the iPhone, I’m more able to notice how much of my day is spent on my phone. I average about 3 hours of screen time on my phone. Is that a lot? It seems like a lot. TV, it seems, is another, yet very similar, story. Most nights I come home and watch anywhere from 1-4 hours of TV. Sometimes it’s mindless watching while eating dinner and talking with my partner; other times I’m really invested in what I’m watching. Regardless, I have to ask myself.. when I’m spending so much time on screens, what am I missing out on? When I say yes to screens, what am I saying no to?
All that is to say that I’ve decided to invest more of my time into books instead of screens. What better way to ensure that happens than challenging myself to read a book each week. In my life, I’ve gone through phases of bookworming. I have this weird guilt when I read fiction as I feel like I should be spending time doing something productive, so I usually read nonfiction which often bores me and I turn back to screens. So to address that, I’ve decided to switch off each week between fiction and nonfiction.
As I began this challenge just after New Year’s, I was tearing through books, partially because it was my winter break off of work and partially because it was so refreshing to read after spending so much time on screens. I may slow down at some point, but for now I’m really enjoying my renewed focus on books. On this post, I will continually update my list of books. To see whether I’d recommend the book or not, check out my Instagram post as I write one for each book.
Kelly in Oregon’s 2019 Reads
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Girl Wash your Face by Rachel Hollis
- Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee
- Hunger by Roxane Gay
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon
- Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
- Under the Stars by Dan White