New Year’s resolutions aren’t really something I do since I have trouble keeping up with it for the rest of the year. I have a gym membership I barely use. I own a bike I haven’t ridden even when the weather was nice. Hell, I couldn’t even keep up with keeping a blog that I went off for months. But with some inspiration from seven special souls who managed to reach their goals back in 2017 through hard work and dedication, I figured I could the least I could do is try one small thing I’ve been meaning to do and make it my 2018 goal.
2018 goal: finish War and Peace by reading one chapter a day.
— Ashara Dayne (@eosevite) January 2, 2018
Obligatory “I already know how the story goes since I saw the show”. The 2016 BBC adaptation is on Amazon Prime Video, and naturally I binged the whole series the moment I saw it. And since I tend to obsess on things
(like series, mangas, or certain groups of beautiful and talented beings) and feel this overpowering impulse to collect anything relevant, I bought the novel off Amazon the day after I finished the series. The novel sat on my bookshelf untouched, collecting dust along with other books I have yet to read.
The thickness of the novel is obviously intimidating. Hence the main reason it went straight to the bookshelf and not the nightstand.
But since this timeless mammoth of a novel (as Tolstoy does) is 363 chapters long, reading one chapter a day should work.
Knowing myself, I know I would miss some days because of pure laziness or simply being exhausted from daily life, so I sometimes read more than one chapter a day if I can. I’ve anticipated not being able to keep up with reading it regularly.
While the text is small (and the pages are thin, a lot like the Bible), most of the chapters remain short that I changed up my pace to at least 10 pages every day I pick up the book.
Right now, I’m on Chapter 14 of Part Two. I don’t know how long I’ll be able to keep this up, but I’ve managed to do fine this month. Perhaps I’ll write about my progress again by the end of February. If I don’t let this blog hibernate again, that is.
I know, I know, I know myself.