I have started reading Skelley’s Square – I have to admit it is a free preview from Kindle. I am enjoying it so far and if I get to the end of the preview and feel I want to finish it then I will buy it. I would like to make time to read more and I know that it is a matter of habit building and prioritising. There are so many books on my shelves that I have dipped into and so many that I would like to re-visit. But there are only so many hours in the day when I have the energy.
I did actually read a whole book last week. Well, almost a whole book – I skipped a couple of chapters at the end that were not relevant to my purposes. It was also not very long and easy to read. Nevertheless it did feel like an achievement.
One of the emails that I subscribe to contains all sorts of inspirational tips and I was drawn to one of them which had a paragraph about reading books:
“Those of us who write for children are trying to arm them for the life ahead with everything we can find that is true. And perhaps also, secretly, to arm adults against those necessary compromises and heartbreaks that life involves: to remind them that there are and always will be great, sustaining truths to which we can return.”
You don’t have to have to be a parent to read a children’s book.
The recommendations include Where The Wild Things Are, the His Dark Materials trilogy, and Peter Pan.
The final one – How to read more books – caught my eye and so I followed the link. The video is about 30 minutes long (there’s a shorter one that’s just the introduction). https://vimeo.com/331908835
There are some beautiful bookshops featured (one is in the photos I’ve inserted) and some tips on how to read more quickly and to establish habits.
One person featured on the video is a university president and she encourages students to sit and read, to not be too busy doing things. She describes it as being like meditation. It is in the stopping, reading and reflecting that we experience life more fully. I agree that in reading we can escape our current situation, be immersed in another world or in ideas and concepts. I want to make those habits to read more – not just theology and work related books but novels too, and maybe some of those children’s books that are recommended.
So…. if I commit to trying to establish reading habits who will I be accountable to? This blog started because of the Lent 40 Acts and being accountable. Perhaps some of my readers will hold me to this commitment …. if you’ve read this far, is it you?