This year, one of my main goals is to read more than I have in the past year or two. Throughout my teenage years, I was quite the avid reader. I loved to read (and re-read) all sorts of books and was constantly doing so. However, between caring for four little ones under six years of age, homeschooling, homemaking, being a wife and friend and confidant to my husband, and staying plugged into our local church body, I have discovered that time for reading is hard to come by.
Well… time for reading my way is hard to find.
You see, I like to read in a certain, favorite way: cuddled under an afghan, cup of tea or coffee or hot cocoa in hand, surrounded by peace and quiet, losing myself for hours in a book. Honest confession: opening a book to read a couple paragraphs at time while nursing the baby and doing my best to tune out the drumming of a five-year-old, the choo-choo’ing of a three-year-old, and the singing of a four-year-old (while not losing track of these little ones entirely!), just doesn’t appeal to me in the same way.
Sometimes, though, it’s time to readjust our expectations and preferences. And that was just what I needed to do in regard to reading.
After all, reading is important. How much one ought to read is going to be different for each person, it’s true, but we all ought to be readers, first and foremost of the Scripture. Our minds need to be renewed! We should be stretching our understanding, our imagination, our comprehension, our thinking through regular reading. Maybe you read slowly, or reading isn’t easy for you, or maybe there are a million other things you’d rather do. Believe me, I completely (and very personally) understand that there are challenges to making reading a priority! But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it.
I want to be a reader again. I don’t want to just start a handful of books each year, only to never finish them. I don’t want to realize at the end of 2009 that blog-reading was the only reading I was consistent about. (Though I sure do like reading blogs and I will be the first to say there are plenty out there that are very great and inspiring reading material!)
With that determination, I have made my book list for the year 2009. At 25 titles, I think it’s a manageable goal of 1 book every 2 weeks. Some books will take less time while there will be others, I’m sure, that will take longer, but my hope is that they will average out so I can accomplish this goal.
Maybe you’d like to join me in this goal of reading more this year (it’s not too late to set goals for the year!). Perhaps I can be of some encouragement to you as I share my 2009 list and write reviews (you can hold me to it!) as I go.
Happy 2009, Fellow Readers!