I read my first book on my 6th birthday. After that it was hard for my parents to pry books from my hands. When given the opportunity to read or do pretty much anything else, the choice was always reading. I read during school, I read after school, I read by the hallway light every night long after I was supposed to be asleep. After I was married, you’d often find me spending whole weekend holed up on the couch reading a wide variety of novels.
I love books. So it makes no sense that I have completely fallen away from reading them over the past year. Perhaps it’s the fact that I read to the kids all day and by nighttime I’m tired of it. Maybe it’s my decision to not read drivel just because it’s a free download on Amazon. Possibly it’s the fact that reading on my iPad really doesn’t work for me because I’m constantly interrupted by notifications. The most likely reason of all, though, is that I’m blogging more and reading less.
More output means less input, and I’m not convinced that’s a good thing. So, inspired by Jen’s post on 4 great books on writing, I’m turning this fallen away reader into an active reader yet again. I hereby declare this month: Read More Books Month. Or, since I enjoy obnoxious abbreviations, ReMoBoMo.
It may mean less blogging, or shorter posts. It will definitely mean less Facebook. But my life has only been enhanced by my struggling ability to quiet my mouth and lessen my keystrokes, so I trust you’ll forgive me.
On my list for this month:
3 of Jen’s suggestions, plus a housekeeping book:
And yes, I did order the actual books. I’m planning to put away the iPad and get back to the paper pages.
As you can see, my list is VERY heavy on nonfiction. Do you have any novel suggestions? My requirements: uplifting but not saccharine, at least one likable character, not so complicated that I can’t set it down when a child needs me. I tend to enjoy most genres, as long as they follow those general guidelines.
I’m linking up with Jessica for What We’re Reading Wednesday in the hopes that one of you reading readers can suggest a fabulous must-read novel (or two) to add to the above list. And yes, I’m planning to read them all this month. ReMoBoMo!