With daylight savings time starting last week, I now have an extra hour every day to devote to reading. The problem is that I haven’t been reading; or at least not as much as I would like to be. I let everything else get in the way: from homework to video games, Twitter to research. When night finally rolls around, I’m too tired to read and happy to go to bed.
Earlier this year I had a great morning ritual. I would wake up, make a pot of coffee, and then read at my kitchen table for at least twenty minutes before the kids woke up. I don’t know what happened to my morning reading but after awhile, it became easy to turn on my computer and see what’s new online instead. You know that saying “so many books, so little time”? My life became “so many books, no time to read”. It wasn’t because of obligations but because of the things I let take over by giving it the precious time that I have for myself. Does this ever happen to you? I have so many great books lying around, ready to be read and instead of picking one up, I get online.
So today I’m taking a stand. Instead of spending so much time online, I’m going to go and read. Maybe today I’ll finish one of the many books I’m in the middle of like Dawn Light by Diane Ackerman which is a collection of essays. Or maybe I’ll start Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King, this month’s pick for one of my book clubs.
What are you reading today? Ever find yourself so caught up in being online, that you don’t read as much as you want to?