For the month of March, I’m going to earn my nerd badge by spending more time reading.
I grew up as a voracious reader and kept that up through college and for a while after, but this pastime has dropped off over the past few years. I like to blame my busy schedule and my 9-to-5 writing job, which obviously involves a lot of time sitting at a computer and reading. At the end of the day, I love to move and get things done, so sitting down to read doesn’t often happen.
But let’s get real. I watch a certain amount of Hulu. I’m semi-addicted to Instagram. I could certainly shift some of this to time in front of a good book, especially before bed.
March Mission: Read a book or magazine for at least 20 minutes daily.
- ReKindled passion (yes, that was a Kindle reference): As I mentioned, I used to love reading and miss that quiet time. It’s something that’s important to me, and something I want more of in my life.
- Mind grapes (yes, that was a 30 Rock reference): Reading is obviously important for everyone, but it’s pretty damn important for writers. Staying in the loop on the subjects I’m writing about is key, and there are just too many articles to get through every day. Reading books and magazines is a better way for me to focus on one subject at a time and dive deeper into the topics that matter to me.
- Having fun isn’t hard, when you’ve got a library card (Arthur reference…I’ll stop now): This mission should be pretty fun, because it’s just more of something I already enjoy. I have used goodreads off and on over the past few years, but I’m planning to dive back in and definitely recommend it.
Books on Tap
This reminds me that I should look into books on tape. I’ve never really gone down that path…aside from the time my friend Jessie and I thought we were listening to a book called How Institutions Deceive Us, when it was actually titled How Our Intuitions Deceive Us. Lesson learned: if you’re too lazy to read a book, you should probably at least read the title of your book on tape.
- Born to Run – I’m about to finish this one up and it has been so much fun.
- Do Your Om Thing – I’m also finishing this one up. Maybe part of my problem is that I like to read 3 books at once.
- Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris books have made me laugh out loud on every form of public transportation. Even planes, on which I am rarely amused.
I have a ton of additional non-fiction on my extended list, but I would love some solid fiction recommendations, especially some of the uplifting variety. Lately I prefer laughing on the T to crying (thanks a lot Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close).
What are you reading right now? What would you recommend? Find me on goodreads or send some recs my way!