This post didn’t occur Sunday, when it should have, because I didn’t want to write it. I still don’t, but whatever. Oh well. I’m 2 books behind! Yay!
Things I’ve learned in the first month of Reading 100 Books in a Year:
If I can do this, anyone can
I have a full time job, two kids under the age of 4, friends, dinner parties, hobbies. I attend church, social groups, and play videogames regularly. I do the dishes, and I always have clean clothes. I’m not trying to show off, this is all basic living stuff, I’m just saying that if someone with a full calendar of commitments can read 7 books in a month, so can anyone else. Okay, if you have a full time job AND you’re a student I might give you a pass, because that’s like two full time jobs. THE REST OF YOU, NO EXCUSES. Wait, sorry, this is supposed to be encouraging.
If you want to get encouraged to write, if writing is something you care about, if you want to remember the passion you have for creating art through words, Read.
If you tell your friends, they’ll give you crap
(In a good way)
I have friends and coworkers constantly asking me how my reading is going. It’s great for accountability. Obviously I just tell them to read my stupid blog, because I created it so I wouldn’t have to talk to people about how I’m doing or discuss anything real that’s happening in my life with any other human. Duh. Isn’t that Why Bloggers?
It would be, like, totally awesome, if you could read a book and do anything else, at the same time
I love reading, but it is a very singular endeavor. The reason that I’ve flagged in the last couple of weeks is that I’ve been focused on other things. It’s sometimes possible to listen to a podcast or watch a TV show while doing other things, but it’s not possible to read a book and do other things. It’s not fair to you, it’s not fair to the story, and it’s not fair to to whatever else you’re trying to do.
So, by Sunday I will finish the following: The Pale Blue Eye, A Canticle for Leibowitz. Really, I’m about 2/3rds through Canticle, so I have no excuse there. I’m only halfway through the Eye, so I’m a little nervous, but this is a marathon, not a sprint.
If you’re reading with me, how’s that going? I hope it’s going well. Give me an update! And keep up the good work.