I love to read.
Worked hard to get my kids to love books almost as much as I do.
I love to see Hugh read and enjoy my old Enid Blyton books; and my heart just swells as Katie carries around a pile of her latest favourites.
We are so lucky at our library. I can order anything online and they get it in. And now that they email out monthly recommended reading on a variety of topics, my "to read" list is getting very long. All of this was reinforced when I was emailing my friend Astrid in the Netherlands this week. She tells me how surprised she is by our library. Astrid needs a subscription each year, paying € 35,00 a year and can rent 50 books a year. If you pay € 62,00 a year you can borrow as much as you want a year, but you still cannot have more than 10 books at home at the one time. If you want to rent cd's or dvd's you have to buy another subscription besides the book subscription which costs € 22,20 a year.
Pay! Wow ... we are "SO" lucky!
My library not only has its own website (to which I do everything online) but also a blogspot! This week I read a really interesting article that I wanted to share with you all:
"If you choose to read a book today, it's not like a hundred years ago, when that was your only option. Today, when you read a book, you're making a conscious decision not to play a video game, not to surf the web, not to watch a movie, not to turn on the TV. It does require a certain discipline to make that decision......" Author Neil Stephenson, in an interview for Barnes and Noble Review.
It reminds me how far we have come in terms of alternative pursuits. I spend a lot of time on the internet, love selected TV shows, really enjoy the movies and play games. I do a lot of reading still, but a lot of that is online or comes in the form of journal articles or blogs, so to take up a book now is a big thing for me. So when I read a book, it really does take a conscious effort to do so. As a result, I guess I then become impatient if the book doesn't engage me quickly enough and will let it go or be sidetracked by one of these other pursuits, a lot more easily than I would have in the past.
What about you? Is reading something you have to take to deliberately? If so, how do you make that "conscious decision"? (Credits and blog can be found here)
Well it's a long weekend here - WOOHOO Labour Day - and I plan on doing LOTS of conscious reading.