Let’s talk about our bookish habits and rituals!
People ask me all the time: HOW DO YOU READ SO MUCH?!
I mean, I just do it. It’s not a “Boy, I wish I had that much time to read.” I hate that sentence. If you really want to read, you should. Maybe not 200 books a year, but it’s a choice, to sit down and read, or binge watch TV, or whatever else you do in your spare time. So read, people! Set a plan, a page a night, a chapter, something obtainable. Don’t try to read as much as I do. I read wicked fast. But whether it takes you a week to finish a book, or a month…it’s ok! Read one book, and then the next, and then the next. I firmly believe there is something out there for everyone to enjoy.
Also, I treat books like bodybuilders treat exercise. I have set a daily regimen that I follow five days a week without fail.
- Every single morning, I read a section/chapter from what I call a study book. Right now, I’m reading The Ramayana translated by Ramesh Menon. I started it in March and I am exactly halfway through. It’s going to take me awhile. But I get a little piece each day, and it’s not so overwhelming that way.
- On my breaks, I have a reread book–something I love to go back to over and over, but I don’t want it to suck up all of my reading time, so I get to read two chapters a day. Right now, I’m going back through the Harry Potter series, and I’m up to The Goblet of Fire.
- In the afternoon, I read a section/chapter from a book of legend, or poetry anthology. I’m working through The World of Ice & Fire, the companion history to Game of Thrones. Again, it’ll take me a little time to work through it, but it’s not a book I would want to just sit down and read in one blast.
- I also just started reading graphic novels, so I generally read a few pages of one every day. Currently: Skim by Mariko Tamaki.
- In addition to these books, I have my “regular” read–whatever book I happen to be reading straight through. These usually take me 1-3 days to read, just depending on the book. I just started Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (YAY!).
Because of this blog, and my brain’s craving for works and knowledge, sometimes reading can almost become a second job. But, it’s one I enjoy immensely!