I started off the year reluctant to announce that I wanted to return to reading. So, having shifted things around in my schedule and adopting an approach to reading, I’m glad to say that I’m reading my second book of the year–The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. It’s the follow-up to The Rosie Project by the same author. I enjoyed the first book immensely and polished it off over the weekend.
I’m trying to read the new book a chapter at a time, so some restraint is required. Still, I know that’ll be easier said than done.
I hope you all are having some adventures, reading and otherwise.
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?
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
“With my eyes closed, I would touch a familiar book and draw its fragrance deep inside me. This was enough to make me happy. ”
~Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
This morning I found myself grabbing a book to read before even having breakfast. I’ve read Norwegian Wood at least two times. This book distracts me from all things around me. In reading, I find myself being somewhere else and being someone else. Both of which are a gift in itself. I guess its because I’m in a profession that requires reading.
I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget.
–William Lyon Phelps
I’ve found myself reading to remember– names, places, facts, dates. It was certainly a been a while since I’ve read just to forget things. I guess that’s what Sunday mornings are made for.