Three days ago, Goodreads showed that I was four books behind reaching my goal of reading 50 books this year. This is a bit unexpected – I thought that I would have more time to read after I stopped working. On the other hand, it is not surprising at all. In the past two months I traveled a lot and spent much time with family and friends. Obviously I wasn’t reading books when I was eating, drinking, chatting, singing, shopping, sightseeing, hiking, and driving.
First of all, I had a wonderful time in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. It was a great opportunity to catch up with many old friends and enjoy being with family. So much delicious food, so much laughter, so many unforgettable memories. Consequently, I only finished one book in a whole month.
After I returned to US and got over the jet lag, David and I drove up to spend time with his parents in Massachusetts, visit his brother and sister-in-law in Maine, then picked up his son to visit us in Virginia. It was a completely different world and experience from China in terms of culture, language, environment, food, activities, etc., but I equally cherished every moment we shared with family.
Winter Harbor and Acadia National Park in Maine –
Luray Caverns and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia –
Well, I am happy to report that I finished two books these past few days, so I am actually only two books behind schedule as of today. Achieving the goal is still promising even though I have a few more trips planned before the year-end. Stay tuned. 🙂