The list of books that I read this year is short but — well, at least there is one! I think I’ll just consider that a victory considering the circumstances. However, I am really missing regular reading lately. As an adult, I have not been a voracious or fast reader. But until recent years, I was a steady and consistent one. I plodded my way through every Murakami novel, even the mammoth 1Q84 (while pregnant with Annabel). But then I had her, and . . yeah.
There is simply less time in my life for books since I became a parent*. But there is still some. I am (finally!) working very hard at decreasing the amount of time I spend on email and social media. I have actually been really successful with the pact I mentioned in a previous post, and now I’m tracking both email and social media usage too with the goal of:
— 3 email checks/day
— social media playtime only in time-limited, designated chunks: when I first wake up (usually this is just 5-10 minutes), around lunchtime at work (if time), and while Annabel finishes watching her Mickey Mouse clubhouse once C has gone to sleep (also time-limited for obvious reasons).
The result? Too early to tell yet. I’ve only been consistent for 2 days 🙂 But I am thinking that these changes will yield some extra time, particularly in the evenings which is when I like to read. And therefore: I am hoping to bring books back into my life. I have many titles on my amazon wish list, all ready to be downloaded at any moment.
Although oddly — I am struggling with an odd desire to go back to paper books recently. I do love the instant gratification and energy efficiency of digital books. And I appreciate the lack of clutter (although — paperback books are similar in price and if I am not going to refer back to them/reread there is no reason not to just give them away!). I also like the lit screen which means not having to mess with a reading lamp in bed. But I somehow find myself less motivated to pick them up, and I get distracted more easily while reading them. Hmm.
Do you like digital or paper for pleasure reading?
Anything awesome that you have read recently? I like both fiction and non.
A few selections on the wish list:
Next year, I’m also excited for Gretchen Rubin’s Before and After
formerly-known-as Mosaic 🙂
* Just because there is less free time in general. But not none. I’m going to do a D-I-T-L post again soon!