Friday, May 7, 2010

Reading mojo: I have it

I have strong memories of going to the library at least once a week when I was little. My mom would take Jill and I, and we would stop for a snow cone afterwards (my two favorite flavors were bubble gum and coconut, but not together). I read constantly, and couldn't get enough. We participated every year in Book-it! as well.

Somewhere along the line, as it does for most, my reading time diminished, and last year, I'm not sure that I finished one book. One. It's shameful. Embarrassing. I know most of my free time goes to knitting now, but I'm trying to make a conscious effort to make time for reading. A few weeks ago, I finally finished The Omnivore's Dilemma. I started it sometime last year, and read some on the plane home from Boston in September, but then it sat unfinished for months. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I never devoted enough time to finish. When I finally finished, I felt so proud (of a feat that was nothing but ordinary). It encouraged me to read more often. Last week, I started and finished a book in two days. It was a loaner from Jill, who never lost the reading bug. It's called Scratch Beginnings, and it's a response to Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed, which I read for one of my social anthropology classes at UH. It was a quick read and very enjoyable. I'm also halfway through Wicked. I've seen the play (and I'm seeing it for a second time in July!), and have been dying to read the book. I've got a ton of books waiting to be next in line, so I'm hoping to keep this pace.

It's so nice to be making reading a priority again.

4 comments:

  1. Book-It was awesome! Gotta love those little pizzas. ;-)

    I have definitely noticed that my reading mojo lessened dramatically when I picked up knitting. Now I make a point to read while I'm on my treadmill, but I also downloaded the Kindle app for my iPhone. I have read a couple of books that way and I really like always having something with me to do if I'm waiting somewhere. :)

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  2. I remember sitting in the library and one of you reading while the other one kept looking for books so you could add it to the list! I'm glad you are having a chance to read again.

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  3. I used to be an avid reader until, surprise, I started knitting! But in the past few months, I've started carving out more time to read and re-discovered my joy for it.

    I highly recommend the website Goodreads.com. You can track your books, see what friends are reading, post and read reviews, etc. I just joined and it's great! I'm listed there under my email - if you decide to sign up and join, feel free to friend me! :)

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  4. P.S. I LOVE the book Wicked. It's Gregory Maguire's best book by far. The musical was great, but it really Disney-fied the original story, which is much deeper and darker.

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