Oh how I’ve missed reading. Regular reading. Good books. Fiction. For fun.
For the last few years, with little exception, I’ve kept my reading to articles either online or in print. They’re quick and portable, often no longer than 1,200 words. Some are meaty, really informative but more often they are snippets of instruction to get my life together. It appears that if you read enough articles you get “fixed”! Over the last couple of months, in many areas of my life, I decided to follow the idea that “if it is important you will find a way; if not, you’ll find an excuse” and I decided that reading, my greatest passion, must find its way back into my every day.
No more excuses!
Last week, I left my Kindle on the plane when I went away for, ironically, reading week. It has now been replaced – everything is on the “cloud” so nothing was lost, but what a pain! I find it easy to read fiction on an e-reader, the portability can’t be beat. For non-fiction or essays, I like making notes in the margins and underlining things that strike me as brilliant. Luckily, I brought with me Anne Lamott’s Small Victories collection of essays. There was no distraction, I was left with one thing to read, and I did. And I happily wrote notes in the margins, and underlined brilliant passages to the point the whole book could have been hilighted!
Now that life has hit a regular rhythm, it’s time to consider those “2015 Reading Challenges” that came out like crazy at the beginning of the year. There are two I have in my Pinterest: one 50-book challenge from PopSugar and the other, smaller, 12-volume challenge from Modern Mrs. Darcy. I like that they’re not just a list of books, like a book club, but more customizable. I have set the intention to read more, though I won’t be bound by either list. I’ll just be happy to enjoy more fiction through 2015.
The good news is, I’ve read three books so far this year! First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen (a book written by a favourite author, and one published in 2015); The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (a sequel, The Rosie Project was one of the most well crafted books I’ve ever read), and, of course, Small Victories by Anne Lamott (which I suppose is a memoir, in essay form). I have about a dozen books – all about woo – on the go, teaching me all manner of crystals, wicca, symbolism, gratitude, energy and all manner of universal mysteries. I don’t know that my curiosity non-fiction practice will ever end, now it’s a matter of incorporating more of the fiction that I love and miss so much. Who knows, when I get into a writing groove I may just be able to incorporate all of it into a story or two.
So, if you have any stories to recommend, pass them along. I’m open to just about everything except blood, gore, and unnecessary ick. The Lovely Bones and Silence of the Lambs are no longer on my bookshelves. Though I do enjoy a smart mystery or thriller. I got home and on the replacement Kindle, quickly finished The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag, recommended by a friend. Now, in preparation for spring cleaning season, I’ve picked up The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
What and how do you like to read? Please share!