I try not to talk about reading too much here because I have a separate book blog where I review books and, well, write about reading. But today I wanted to talk about it because I have been thinking so much about it lately.
First, I want to confess that I am a cheater. I cheat the system at work. I’ve cheated the system for years and across two libraries. I have broken the system so that sometimes I keep books for months. This is why it is so important to me that I finish all of my library books before maternity leave. I don’t want to cheat the system anymore. When I go back to work, I want a fresh, clean slate and I don’t want to bog myself down with too many books.
Does this mean getting rid of my TBR stack? I’m not sure yet. The idea of not having a stack of books to read kind of terrifies me.
Previously, I had a system. If I’m being honest with myself, my system was broken and it was broken because I have a hard time with self control and books. I want to read everything and I want to read it now and how can I make it all work? Also, whenever I am faced with something new, like childbirth or parenting maybe, my first impulse is to read a book about it without realizing that I actually can’t read more books.
But can’t I? This is what got me on the topic today. I like to have something to focus on while I eat. Oh, I know all of the studies about how you eat more and blah blah blah but I don’t really care. Usually I just toss something on the TV if Hubby isn’t watching something. An episode of Friends it just enough for dinner. But today Hubby had a video loaded up to watch and I didn’t want to lose it so I picked up my phone and loaded my Hulu app and found something that sounded interesting and started it and… realized that there was a better way. I closed it up and opened my Kindle app.
I am a big fan of the Kindle, even if I don’t read exclusively on it. I use my Paperwhite to read in bed at night so that I don’t have to fool with lights, which is also helpful when I can’t sleep in the middle of the night and don’t want to wake Hubby up with a light. Another great thing about the Kindle is that I can use the app to read on my phone and it only takes a finger to turn the page. That means it is great for reading while you eat. I sat on the couch with my breakfast this morning and balanced my phone on my knee so I could read while I ate. And it was great.
So, there’s a little way to fit in more reading. I can do it anywhere if I remind myself. Doctor’s offices, where I spend a lot of time at present, and lines and while I’m waiting for my food at a restaurant and Hubby is playing on his phone.
I just have to remind myself to do it.