Did you know that today is Do Nothing But Read Day (DNBRD)? The event was started last year by Amanda Lanyon-LeSage because she wanted to take a day off and do nothing but read. I love these kinds of reading events. Between Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon, MotherReader’s 48-hour Book Challenge, and other events, every few months you can find a great reason (if you need one), to put your feet up and get lost in a good book.
After having a hectic week of classes, I decided to have a day to myself and join DNBRD. There are many books in my TBR pile, on my shelves and nightstand that I would love to read within 24 hours, but I think that instead of planning my reading, I’ll just glance around and read whatever catches my eye and mood.
The resentment part of this post’s title comes from the ever-present resentment I feel when school is in. I love to learn and my sources of knowledge comes from many different sources such as my textbooks or countless articles or blog posts online or from reading great books. My resentment comes from feeling as if school can get “in the way” of my learning. Strange, huh?
For instance, I’m taking an art history class along with a math class for the summer semester. The semester only lasts a month but it’s a month spent learning five months worth of facts. I’m spending most of my days in class with not many hours left for myself in a non-school way. The semester started last week and I’m already struggling to find the time to read. It’s a feeling I have every semester. I know school is so important for my future career (children’s librarian), but still. . . A few hours to myself to do what I want without guilt is almost impossible while school is in.
Or so I thought.
A year ago I took an amazing class with a professor who teaches study skills. While I was in her class, I learned something new every day about getting the most out of my education. One of the lessons my professor taught is the importance of having a weekly schedule. You make a schedule you can go by most days and fit in time for doing the stuff you love to do along with the things you have to do. I started making my schedule last night, giving myself at least two hours a day to read and three hours to study. I started feeling better before I finished the schedule.
Now I’m off to read for DNBRD. Here’s my Sunday Salon question for you: Do you ever feel resentment about the things you have to do when you rather be reading? How do you make time to read?