Like my first goal of listening to more music (which I have been reaching thus far!), I want to get back to my joy of reading books.
Again, many years ago, I read books all the time. And I mean all the time! I recall camping in the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, where I was supposed to be watching the dinner, and instead, I was reading The Elfstones of Shanara by Terry Brooks (thanks Carmen Ness Bush!). I let the noodles burn and we had to throw away our dented but beloved kettle (sorry Nikki) because I couldn't put the book down. I think the sun went down and I read by light, though I don't recall the source. This was before cell phones and electronic readers. It was a good old paperback book. A couple days later, in Huntington, New York, I bought the first book in the series from the used bookstore. On the drive home from New York, I bought the third book in the series. And, for many years, I read everything by Terry Brooks.
Then it stopped. I think I quit reading for fun when I started school. I was an English Literature student and read 17th Century novels (the first novels!) and modernist novels and postmodern novels and short stories. I read books by women and men. I read comic books. I read all sorts of books for school, many, many of which I enjoyed, but lost the drive to read at bedtime for fun.
I recall reading some books here and there, mainly in the summers. I fondly recall reading The Nanny Diaries at Dawn's house when I was supposed to be watching the dogs. I was so engrossed, the dogs got out and Mike had to wrangle them back in the yard. But, there are so few of those memories of reading.
Here I am again, with a toddler who takes up so much of my time and energy. I just haven't been reading. It has been so much easier to watch 20 minutes of television and go to bed (usually before 9 p.m.) than to read a book. I own a Nook and have a few books loaded. One of which I have started (for the second time). It is another fantasy book, by Modesitt not Brooks. I am enjoying it.
I renewed my membership on Goodreads. It is free, I just had to update my email address. I took the 2013 Reading Challenge. I have a goal of 16 books this year...I know, pathetic! I hope to read more, but that is a little over one a month. I saw some challenges as low as five, which might be a challenge to some, but I did read eight books last year, so maybe I am selling myself short with only 16. I'm not counting the books I read for school/work or the books I read with RT (I'd have surpassed that goal by many!). I am only counting the books I read for my pleasure. And I hope there are many of those in 2013...and beyond!