Saturday, July 27, 2013

My Reading Habits

I have a confession. This may come as a shock to some of you, especially those who knew me when I was younger, but I am not a reader.

When I was a teenager I read voraciously! As cliche as it may be, I literally read anything I could get my hands on. When I ran out of books for kids, I read my mom's parenting books. In high school, I brought old issues of National Geographic to read between classes. As you can imagine, I didn't have a lot—at times any—friends. Then when I went to college, all my time was spent reading books I had to, not what I wanted to, so that put a damper on my love of the written word. 

But the real nail in coffin of my reading habits was having kids. Since my daughter was born, I have finished 0 books. I've started several but finished none. It's embarrassing. And it's time to change that. 

I've signed up for Goodreads and have started tracking what I read. I'm trying to change my habits to sit down and crack a book instead of turning on the TV or playing a quick video game on my phone. I mean, I don't want to make excuses, but it's hard to carve out time to do that. With television, I can have the entertainment playing while I do my chores. With phone games, I can sit down and play for a couple minutes and then put them away. When I read, I feel like I need to actually have everything else done before I can take time start. 

I'm trying now to allow myself to sneak in a few pages here or there. And hopefully, once my habits change and my attention span grows, I'll once again experience the compelling desire to keep reading a book no matter the time available to do so.

So now as Lydia turns three, I'm about half way through the book I bought when she was 4-months-old. I'm almost finished with the parenting book I started a year ago on vacation. I'm re-starting a book I loved in college. We'll see how this goes.

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