I’ve always been a bad reader. Since I can remember (which, with my bad memory, means the last 6 years or so) the only books I could get through were trashy chick lit books and liberal political books making fun of George Bush. And even then, I might read a book or two a year.
And, yet, I love stories, ideas, being entertained, seeing a situation from someone else’s eyes. I should love reading.
With this in mind, I made becoming a better reader one of my 30 before 30 goals. I downloaded the free Kindle app on my phone and started buying some books.
Since I made this commitment back in May, I’ve been reading book after book: The Notebook, The Carrie Diaries, A Total Waste of Makeup, Misery Loves Cabernet, Commencement (read my post inspired by this book), Committed, The Help, A Vintage Affair, Twenties Girl, Pride and Prejudice, One Day, and Mini Shopaholic (I just couldn’t resist).
Okay, so it’s still a lot of trashy chick lit… but some real books too! And the real point is, that’s more than I’ve read in the last 6 years combined (not counting school, of course).
(I know what I’m about to say is pathetic, but I’m going to say it anyway). I honestly think that I just don’t like holding books. They seem so long and daunting, and, frankly, I don’t have the patience for that. I don’t like carrying them around, weighing down my purse. And nothing will put me to sleep faster than trying to hold up a book while lying in bed at night.
But, having found a way to happily read–and getting in the habit of reading–I’m totally hooked now. I finished a book late last night and don’t have anything in the queue. So, when I started my commute this morning, I pulled out my phone to start reading, only to find nothing new to read. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I tried to play a game on my phone, and it was oddly unsatisfactory compared to immersing myself in a different world for the trip to work.
I desperately need to find a new book before my commute home! Any suggestions??