The thing I won’t do in January is set New Year’s resolutions. Maybe I’m a party-pooper, I don’t know. All I know is that the last New Year’s resolution I set was giving up chocolate. If you know me at all, you know the idea of this is laughable. I have a ferocious yearning for dark chocolate. I eat one piece every day. That one piece is enough to keep my cravings satisfied and it’s only 52 calories (I did my research on that calorie count).
Yet, I still tried to convince myself I could give it up. Forever.
Forever lasted 22 hours.
In less than a day I’d blown my New Year’s resolution. For whatever reason, when I call a goal a resolution, I tend to fail at reaching that goal. Sad, but true.
So, instead of setting resolutions, I like to think of the new year as a chance to look back on the previous months and take stock of what I’d like to do differently going forward. It’s also a chance for me to think about new adventures I’d like to take or projects I wouldn’t mind exploring. Personally speaking, that seems a whole lot more positive than setting myself up for failure (let’s not forget about the 22 hour chocolate disaster).
Now that I’ve shared what I don’t do on New Year’s Day, I’ll tell you the thing I always do. I always start a book. It has become my unspoken tradition. There’s something about starting a book on New Year’s Day that bodes well with kicking off the year. Maybe it’s simply that I allow myself the down time to enjoy my favorite indulgence (chocolate aside, of course) and escape into a great story.
There’s a certain magic for me when I find a book that lets me block out all distractions and experience a character’s journey. And isn’t that what reading should be about? The magic? The simple pleasure of it. The love of good books is what keeps me coming back to reading time and again. When I find one that completely enthralls me, forget it, I’m nearly delirious with joy and my family knows I’ll have my head in the book for a good while. In fact, it’s not unusual to hear my husband say “Leave Mom alone. She’s in the zone.”
This year, I think I’d like to spend more time in the zone. I’m not going to make it a resolution though. ? I’m just going to make the time to do it. And if I’m going to do it, I’ll need a bunch more books.
Readers, what books have you read recently that put you in the zone?
Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and women’s fiction. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog. For more information on Adrienne’s Private Protectors series please visit www.AdrienneGiordano.com. Adrienne can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
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