Midsummer Reading Challenge: Making Time To Read
When I got a new job and started walking to work a few years ago, I quickly noticed that the amount of reading I did decreased substantially. Without the 45-minute subway commute, my dedicated reading time had suddenly evaporated.
If it had been factored into my day before, why couldn’t I just set aside the time I was saving by walking to work and read then? Surely reading in the comfort my own home, as opposed to a crowded and noisy subway car, would be preferable. Somehow it never worked. The dog wanted to play or a crossword puzzle was almost solved and couldn’t be set aside or I simply decided to sleep in.
And so I thought it would always be. Imagine my surprise this spring when I challenged myself to work through my “to be read” shelf before moving and—lo and behold!—it actually worked! Suddenly that hour and a half for reading, and often even more than that, was back in my days. Books breezed by and I had my most productive period of reading in years.
So what changed? Was it just determination? Perhaps a set goal? And could it really be that simple?
Apparently so! I’ve now been here on my new island home for two months and I’m once again walking to work. My reading is regular, but not the furious, delicious flurry of the pre-move spring.
So if it’s just determination and a set goal that is required, get ready blogosphere! My newly-declared midsummer reading challenge is thus:
I’m going to work through all the “To Be Read” books I brought with me from New York by reading every single day, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
I am simply going to make time to read.
This means you, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I’m finally finishing you, A Reader on Reading. Get ready, The Adventures of Sindbad. And I’m coming for you, The Prague Cemetery.
And I’d love company! So join me a little midsummer reading challenge to get through as much of your “To Be Read” shelf as you can. I look forward to hearing about your exploits and watch this space to read more about mine. Onwards, stalwart readers!