I can’t recall how many books I’ve read this past year, but sadly I could probably count them without using more than my fingers. A combination of writing more, taking more medication in the evening, and being online more has cut my reading time down considerably. The meds have the greatest effect- both on reading and television watching. My dinner dose of BP med makes me drowsy and I find it difficult to read more than a few pages at a time. So I guess the days of reading a couple of books a week are gone, at least until I retire.
However, when a favorite author writes another good book, and my son is kind enough to send it to me, I have to make the effort to read it, even if at a snail’s pace. That’s just what I did this weekend. And I was rewarded with that wonderful sense of “entering another world”, or in this case “re-entering”. The great thing about a recurring character and make believe scenario is the mind’s ability to recall so much from the previous books. It’s like going to visit a relative you only get to see every few years!
You might assume that I am one of those people who only reads factual, informative books or that I read a lot of history books because of my other interests. I do enjoy reading to learn new things, but I get most of that online now. And although history is interesting, it is not always enjoyable or “comforting”. I find fiction very comforting. Reading the stories of other people and other situations takes me away from my own problems and limited environment and engages my mind in new and creative ways. As a child I loved to read because it was sort of like an “off” switch for the problems I encountered in my daily life.
I suppose my love of good books is one of the reasons why I am so adamant about teaching children to read. And sadly most of them will never enjoy it as much as I do. They have no role models for reading. They have no reason to pick up a good book because they’ve never seen anyone else do it. And those in power tell me that “reading, writing and arithmetic” will be changing more and more in the coming years as students switch to total technology. But I’ll be retired before that happens.
So, for now…I’m enjoying a good book… and hoping some of you are too!