Disney’s Beauty and the Beast held perfect happiness for me; not because Belle found true love where she least expected it, but because of her amazing library. I want that library. And to be independently wealthy, of course, so I can spend all day in my library.
When I was a kid, I dreamed of reading every book in the world.
I have, since childhood, discovered that it is neither possible, nor even desirable, to read every book in the world. Many are not worth my time. But there are still so many books I want to read, that it seems highly unlikely I will ever read all of them.
The question then becomes: what do I read right now? Followed, of course, by, what do I read next? and when do I find time to read?
“When do I find time to read?” is probably the easiest question for me to answer. I carry a book with me everywhere. And I really mean everywhere. When I’m on a ten minute break at work, I have a book with me and read it in the hallway on my way to the bathroom.
Even so, in the evenings it’s really easy to get distracted with Facebook and other online pursuits, mostly because by the time I get home from work, I’m exhausted and want to do something that’s more or less mindless. But I’ve found that time spent reading a book is much more rewarding than surfing the web.
As for what to read, I mostly read on a whim. I start reading whatever sounds the most interesting to me right at that moment. This often leads to me being in the middle of four or five books at a time, but this approach works for me.
I generally intersperse weighty tomes of history, economics, and the like with fun, lighter books. This keeps me refreshed and motivated to go back to those “weighty tomes.”
I start to feel anxious if I’m getting close to the end of a book and haven’t settled on what I’m going to read next. Generally, have a mental list of what I’m going to read next. I have digital ones too, with my “too read” list on Goodreads and a list of educational books I plan to read on my computer.
Goodreads, by the way, is pretty awesome. If you’re an avid reader, it’s a great way to keep track of what you have read and what you want to read.
Sometimes I wish I could do nothing but read all day. Then I might make more of a dent in my “to read” list.