Sunday, August 29th, 2004 • 2 Comments on Need to Read
The Highly Selective Book Club With Only Two Members (TM) has chosen a new book to discuss. Finally. I have missed my little book club. We started out trying to get together monthly, now it’s pretty much when we can find the time. Still, I’m excited about the new book (it was one of my picks, so I hope it’s a good read) and looking forward to the discussion… hopefully in a month, schedules permitting.
My reading has decreased sharply over the past few years. I used to read at least a book a week, sometimes two. Even when I was in college (for the last time), I still managed to read for fun. I’m not sure what happened. I know I do more reading online than I used to—journals and magazines and other people’s weblogs—so it’s not as if I’m killing brain cells watching South Park. But still.
I own more books than I’ll ever be able to read, as I’ve written about before. I work in a library and make weekly trips to the bookstore, I just don’t make the time to read. I have so many other things going on, obligations and interests, that reading is low on the list of my daily priorities. But it shouldn’t be. I need to be reading more—a lot more.
If I were anything but a writer, it wouldn’t be such a big deal that I’ve only read half a dozen books so far this year. A little sad, maybe. A commentary on today’s fast-paced society. Half of the adult population doesn’t read at all, so I’m slightly better off than that. But I
am a writer. Maybe in addition to demanding more of myself in terms of my writing, I need to treat reading as not only something I love to do, but something I need