One of the smaller goals I have for myself this year is to get back into the habit of reading. All throughout elementary, middle, and high school, I basically lived in the library. I’d hang out in there before and after school. I always had a book with me, and I remember getting in trouble for reading in class instead of paying attention to my teachers. Reading a book a day was almost routine for me. As nerdy as all this makes me sound, I just want to emphasize just how much reading was a part of my life. So it baffles me how I went from that to barely reading 4 or 5 books a year.
Ok, I’m not really that baffled. My priorities have simply shifted as I’ve moved through different phases in my life. And I haven’t made the effort to get back into it. Now maybe I won’t be able to read a book a day…but I feel two books a month is a reasonable goal.
The good thing is I like just about every genre of book (except Romance), so it’s not like I don’t have several options. Plus, I can’t stop raving about OverDrive and my Kindle. I’m not sure if this is a common thing, but my public library has a nice catalog of E-books that you can borrow and download directly onto your kindle, or read in your browser, all for free. I plan on taking full advantage of that service.
It does make me a little sad that I won’t ever be able to go back to the same reading habits I had when I was younger. As cheesy as it sounds, reading was a great escape for me. But I firmly believe that reading is a habit anyone can get into at any stage of their life. I may have to ease into it a bit, but I want to be able to call myself an avid reader again.