One of the joys of blogging are all the new people you meet and the ideas that pop up in front of you. I stumbled upon Gathering Books, and their reading challenge for 2014. “What fun!”, I thought. “So easy for me, as I’m a great reader”. I pulled up my Kindle list from last year to see what level of challenge I would commit to and discovered to my amazement that I seem to have become somewhat (horror of horrors) a non-reader. How did this happen?
I love reading. I read out loud in my head so that I can savor the sound of the words. I applaud the craftsmanship that can take me on a journey to new places and different times. I thrill at the intimate encounter with another human being that a good biography brings. I love the red herrings of a devious mystery (but spare me the gore and sex). Histories teach me the evolution of humanity, while reading of science and religion, those dichotomies of rational thought, round out the picture.
So why had I read so few books last year?
Last year was a time of big shifts in my life. It was a lightning fast year. But that is no excuse. That should have been the time to slow down, put my feet up and relax with a good book.
So, here we are in 2014 and the Check Off Your Reading List Challenge. I’m shooting for the highest level of more than 25 books, not because I’m an overachiever, but because I pledge to cherish myself with those daily moments of pleasure a good book brings. (Visit my current reading list)
Suggestions of good reads are always welcome!