I’ve gotten pretty behind in my reading in the last few months. I typically have several books going at one time — one for each kind of day and each kind of mood.
For example, I typically have a historical novel for days when I’m feeling reminiscent. I have a historical nonfiction, leadership or gardening book for when I feel I need to learn something new. I also typically have a mindless novel of some kind for those days when I just want to be entertained.
On top of those, I like to read the New Yorker magazine and The New York Times on a regular basis.
The last few months I’ve fallen behind because I’ve allowed other things to take priority — work, nice weather (on the rare occasion) and responsibilities at home, primarily.
But as the weather warms, and things like the garden, the mountains and the lakes call for me to enjoy their beauty, I need to make sure I’m still taking time to read for fun. It keeps me fresh, it keeps me engaged and it keeps me curious.
Many people wonder how I could want to read when I get home each day. After all, I work at a newspaper, don’t I spend my days reading and writing? The answer is yes, of course. But, reading for pleasure at home or outside in a lawn chair is probably one of the most relaxing things I can do for myself.
There is a stereotype that implies women tend to spend a lot of money on shoes, clothes and other beauty items. A friend of mine, though, spends most of her money on books. She is one of the most informed and intelligent people that I know. If I have questions on certain things —nutrition and mental health especially — I typically ask her.
She has read enough to know a lot of things, but maintains her independent thinking. She comes to her own conclusions. It is amazing.
Yet, over the summer, it is difficult to take time to flip through many books. There are so many events to attend — Third Thursday Street Festivals, farmers markets, fireworks, concerts in the park, polo games — who has time to read?
Looks like I’ve found another task to add to my to-do list — take at least one hour per day to enjoy a good book.