It's really no secret: I'm a writer who does not read.
It's not that I don't looooove books. I do! In fact, I hoard them and want to be surrounded by them.
You know that scene in Disney's Beauty & the Beast and Belle finally lays eyes on the grand circular floor-to-ceiling library in the Beast's lair?
I want that. That exact library filled with books. Just the thought makes me want to bring out the china and break into song.
But, here's my ish:
- I get bored very easily when I read.
- I feel like I get where they're going in the first few pages, so I'm done before I begin.
- I have trouble sitting still long enough to finish entire books.
- I get kinda envious when I read a good writer and think "why didn't I think of that turn of phrase/metaphor/analogy?" #bookenvy at its worst.
Crazy, right? Especially, since I love words.
I'm one of the few people I know who actually subscribes to www.dictionary.com and reads the definition of new words.
My latest find: "chanticleer" which is another word for "Rooster". I was tickled pink by this especially since it's the Chinese Year of the Rooster. I almost posted it as a Facebook status...but, the irony would be lost on everyone else by my own sinister brand of nerdiness.
I love books, but I hate to read. That's what I'm trying to say.
This is a confession of sorts.
(I also have a nasty habit of starting to write books. I have 7 unfinished tomes. But, that's not my subject matter today.)
In 2017 the number 48 was significant to me. So, I decided to read 48 books to stick with the theme. That amounts to 4 books a month. How was I going to accomplish this, I wondered?
First of all, I would accomplish it how I accomplished my 72lbs weight loss to date:
1. Bite size goals within the broader goal. Kind of like minnows in a whale's mouth - take care of the little fish goals and eventually you'll have a whale-sized goal accomplished.
2. Document the progress. I have a Pinterest board with all the books I read - I get a kick out of seeing the covers of books I've read pile up: https://www.pinterest.com/pdevalia/books-ive-read-recently/
3. Keep the promise to yourself. My New Year's resolutions were verrrry unglamorous. They were 3 things: a. To floss daily b. To clean my place at least once a week & c. To read 48 books. So far so good, except a few floss-less days here and there and haven't cleaned in entirety on a weekly basis...ok, so maybe not so good! LOL But, the books are on sked.
So, this is my minnow-to-whale goal ratio accomplishment with the books:
STEP 1: I add up all the pages of the book i.e. 244
STEP 2: I divide that number by 7 days i.e. 244/7
STEP 3: I write down to what page I am supposed to read to on Sunday night on a small piece of paper i.e. Mon to P. 23, Tue to P. 53
STEP 4: I move the small piece of paper once that appointed page has been read to and tick off the page goal.
STEP 5: As I read, I do make small notes - I like to interact with the book and not have an assembly line mentality with the information. I want it to sink in even if it is #3 of 45 more books to go.
So, I'm reading folks. Which is a veritable miracle!
To those True Bookworms and Reading Purists...I salute you!
But, I'm not you :p You're better than me. You read veritable volumes in a 24-hr period and believe that the world should be one big library with sun-stained, fuzzy blanket, window-cushioned corners to enjoy reading in.
There have only been a handful of books I read from cover to cover without coercion. If you want to know what they were...ask in the comment section below.
My brother Devan is an incredible reader. He's been this way since a child. It's in his DNA. I've always been an imaginative dreamer...and, not always in the best of ways! LOL Fear requires a lot of imagination, people! And, so does the expressing of real love...but, that's another post.
I've often wondered if his smartness had a direct correlation between his reading and his brain power. Probably. They say "Readers are Leaders". In any case, thankfully, his kids love to read - especially the older two who have been officially tested as gifted children. So, maybe there is something to it.
This of course, makes me feel paranoid that I am unintelligent. My reading is a forced manufactured faculty I am developing in middle-age. Nonetheless...I forge on!
No matter the goal, the age, the propensity - I pray that you would have courage, focus and strength to pursue those things deep in your heart one bite-sized goal at a time.
You are you and that is truly your power. You have things to do that only you were meant to do.
Your immediate sphere of influence is where you are called to shine.
I have full faith in you.
From My Heart to Yours,