Friday, June 22, 2012


At the start of 2012, I set out to read 52 books this year.  I just finished book #26, marking the halfway point.  At this point, I am about one week ahead of schedule, which feels good.  I wanted to take a few moments and reflect on the journey thus far.

It has been a very exciting year for me.  New job, engagement, planning a wedding, finding our first home.  I will not pretend that those things have not been the highlight; they have. Yet, in the moments when I catch my breath and have time to indulge, even just for a moment, I have found myself reaching for a book.  I have always loved to read, but as any student will tell you, the required reading of high school and college courses leaves you with little desire to read in your free time.  I still read an adequate amount during those years, but when I was in the mood, I knew that it was better to pick up that textbook.  Now, two years out from the completion of my undergraduate, the sheer pleasure of reading has returned.  This challenge began with me spending time with books because I was motivated to meet my goal for the week; it has become so much more.  I spend time thinking and analyzing each work I read.  I have rediscovered my love for writing.  My worldview is ever expanding and maturing thanks to the variety of literature I engage. As I mentioned in a previous post, my TV time fallen markedly since the start of the year.  I love that reading is a hobby that doesn't just take my time - it gives back to me in a plethora of ways.  As Henry David Thoreau said, 
"A truly good book reaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting."  
I could extoll the virtues of reading for ages.  I know, however, that at the end of the day, what will convince you most is to pick up a book for yourself.  I truly believe that there is a niche out there for everyone.  Just because you have not found yours yet does not mean you should dismiss reading as unenjoyable.  Keep searching and you will be rewarded.  For those who are already as passionate as I am about reading, please send me your suggestions.  You can see my "to-read" list here.  Any genre is fair game.  I am "always looking for the book it is necessary to read next." (Saul Bellow) 

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