Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they will always love you back.
~John Green, An Abundance of Katherines
I don’t know I stopped reading books for fun. But I do remember what it was like to have a stack of books that I was very eager to devour. It was like a fever of sorts back then. I lost time reading books not knowing what time it was or even if I had eaten. I lived in other worlds, empathize and sympathize with some characters, and experienced things that I wouldn’t and couldn’t begin to imagine to experience.
These days my reading are mostly case files and statutes. Nothing exciting, all necessary and time-consuming in my profession. Not the kind of reading that is escapist and/or a distraction to real life.
A part of me has always wanted to get back into reading the same way that I used to read. The realist in me would remind me that I no longer have the time to read that way anymore and that I have other pressing matters. But this being a new year, the optimist in me wants to read books again.
What now? I decided to take reading for leisure a step at a time. First step is just to pick a book- something unrelated to work and fun to read. Next, to read that book, be it a few minutes or a few hours. Simple plan, right?
Enter the Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. It’s the light – hearted and fun kind of story that I preferred reading before the Real World really set in for me.
I hope that this book is a start to more adventures in reading.
How about you? Reading anything new? Or is there a book you’d like to recommend?