Every year I set a reading goal for myself. And for the past couple years, I’ve failed. Miserably. I started out with a reading goal of 50 books a year. I figured I could definitely knock out a book a week. And for several years I did. Easily. So I upped my goal to 60 books a year. I was pretty close to it anyway, so I thought, what’s a few more squeezed in? That year I didn’t even come close to 50, let alone 60. I barely broke 20. It was pathetic. The next year was the same.
But I wasn’t going to let that happen in 2016. I was going to hit my goal. I was going to use this space to help me achieve that. I have a blog specifically for reviewing books for goodness’ sake! This should be a no-brainer! And then I failed. Again. I barely broke 30. I slacked on my blogging. I slacked on my reading. I slacked on life, to be perfectly honest.
So 2017 will be different. (Hopefully..) I’m going to continue tracking myself on Goodreads, setting my goal there back down to 50 books again. But I’m going to add to my goal. It won’t just be about the number of books I read. I want to challenge myself to read outside my usual YA comfort zone. I say this every year, and every year I fail. But now I have you to hold me accountable. Someone (maybe?) is listening this time.
Dreamers Often Lie by Jacqueline West
Jaye wakes up from a skiing accident with a fractured skull, a blinding headache, and her grip on reality sliding into delusion. Determined to get back to her starring role in the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jaye lies to her sister, her mom, and her doctors. She’s fine, she says. She’s fine. If anyone knew the truth– that hallucinations of Shakespeare and his characters followed her from her hospital bed to the high school halls– it would all be over. She’s almost managing to pull off the act when Romeo shows up in her anatomy class. And it turns out that he’s 100 percent real. Suddenly Jaye has to choose between lying to everyone else and lying to herself.
— From the book jacket of Dreamers Often Lie
While her family loves to spend time outdoors, Jaye would rather be on stage performing– her true passion– despite her family’s disapproval. She is not comfortable with outdoor activities, and she’s downright terrified of skiing. And that’s even before she wakes up in the hospital with a brain injury after an accident– a injury that has left her with hallucinations… of Shakespeare.
But she won’t let a little thing like hearing and seeing the Bard and his characters all around her stop her from performing. She’s back at school a week later, hallucinations in tow. She tries her best to ignore them until she realizes that the Romeo she’s been dreaming about isn’t just a figment of her imagination. He’s actually real and his name is Rob. To make things even more complicated, an old friend comes back into her life, and now she’s torn between blossoming feelings for the new guy and lingering feelings for someone she’s known her whole life. When dreams of a bloody battle between the boys starts to cross over into real life, can Jaye keep her life from playing out like a Shakespearean tragedy?