Growing up, you could say I was a bit of a “book worm.” While I have many fond memories of childhood, the one that stands out to me pretty clearly as my “first” memory is in the first grade.
It was early on in the school year, and each week we’d been given lists of new words we had to learn to read on our own. Once a week, we had to read those lists out loud to our teacher, one by one. If we went through the whole list, we’d get a new list. If not, we’d have to take it home again and practice.
I finished all those damn lists within the first two weeks of school.
Twenty plus years later, I’m well aware of my “achiever” strength, so this isn’t as shocking or hysterical.
Despite that being my earliest memory, somewhere along the way, I forgot about that 7-year old. I lost that fire inside that loved to read and write… despite being a writer for my full-time job.
What became more important? A whole mess of things. At one point, it might have been “college” and “term papers” and even “exams.” After that, it was likely the drive to build a career, and then to get ahead in my career.
There will always be an excuse to put what you love to the side for what you deem you need to do.
Instead of reading books about post-apocalyptic worlds, gripping love stories, and memoirs, I was reading articles on content strategy and revenue tactics for marketers. I was reading, right?
The whole world can’t be about work and your career. Sometimes it has to be about a beach town murder mystery or a 1960s cult.
I can’t pinpoint whether or not it was Amazon’s Kindle sale or my reconnection with Belle when I saw the new Beauty and the Beast, but in the last several months, I’ve begun, unconsciously, reading a book a week.
My list so far… in no particular order, as I don’t remember, and without commentary, as GoodReads handles that for me.
- Drop the Ball – Tiffany Dufu
- The Edge of Everything – Jeff Giles
- This Was Not The Plan – Cristina Alger
- The Girls – Emma Cline
- Startup – Doree Shafrir
- Feminist Fight Club – Jessica Bennet
- Me After You – Jojo Meyers
- How To Be A Woman – Caitlin Moran
- Grain Brain – David Perlmutter
- All Grown Up – Jami Attenberg
- All Our Wrong Todays – Elan Mastai
- The Circle – Blake Crouch
- Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1) – Blake Crouch
- Wayward (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 2) – Blake Crouch
- The Last Town (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 3) – Blake Crouch
- Dark Matter – Blake Crouch
- Room – Emma Donoghue
On the docket…
*As in, purchased and ready to read at any moment I finish a book.
- Cork Dork – Bianca Bosker
- The Weekenders *Currently DEVOURING
- I Thought It Was Just Me – Brene Brown * Not everything is an alternate reality
- Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee
- Plus All of These
Reading has become an addiction for me once again. Almost every other day I find myself in a hole going from one book description to another, making my Amazon list longer and longer. In fact, I even started a book club at work.
And I feel happier than I have in a long time. Gone are the nights I sat in bed unable to sleep, mindlessly scrolling social media. Instead, I find myself looking at the clock thinking about how I’ll need to get to sleep soon so I can get enough rest for the next day… but just one more chapter.