31 Days {Day 15} || Committing to Change – Reading More

I don’t know about you, but I love to read.  Always have.  I remember discovering the Nancy Drew Mysteries and the Judy Bloom books and just devouring them as a kid.  When we were kids it seemed okay to spend hours reading, almost like it was expected of you.  We didn’t have a television in our home until we moved to the United States (I was 8), and even then our tv watching was limited, so reading was my entertainment.

Both Mike and I enjoy reading and we have several bookshelves full to overflowing with all manner of books.  I’ve donated many to the SPCA book sale, bought just as many from the SPCA book sale 🙂 and love to spend a lazy afternoon at the used bookstore.

I’ve observed, though, as an adult, I don’t give myself as much permission to just read as I did as a kid and there are LOTS of distractions (tv, internet, hobbies) to keep me from gobbling up those books like I used to.

Then as if I don’t have enough books, I bought a Kindle last year and began acquiring e-books.  Just like I won’t live long enough to use all my yarn, I think my books will out live me as well.

So I’ve set out to be more intentional about reading what I have, not buying anymore books until I’ve made a dent in what I have and being realistic about those books that probably aren’t going to be read.  I need to donate them so someone else can benefit.

What books do you love and how do you carve out time to enjoy them? 

“Feel free to join us on the deck to read your books.”

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