Welcome January, with all its hope, joy, a
Like many of you, I have spent much of the last week or so catching up with my favorite bloggers and readers who post on social.
That got me thinking … and thinking led to what I hope will be
a new feature: posing a reading-ish question once a month. So here goes.
eading an achievement or an experience?
At the end of the
Whoa. When did reading for the purpose of enjoyment/escape/relaxation/etc. morph into a something else?
- A (self-imposed) competition to reach specific goals.
- A means of self-promotion and selfie-ism.
- A measuring stick of personal success or failure.
Reading their posts nudged me to think a little more deeply about my own reading. I am guilty of turning reading in on itself and moving away from sitting with a book “just because.”
I’m also guilty of pushing myself through a book just so I can get that check mark just to say “I read it.” All this thinking led to another big question:
What message am I modeling?
- That reading is a race to a finish?
- That I am less of a person if I don’t meet my goals?
- That no matter what I have to finish every book I read?
It’s that last question that bothers me the most. I believe very strongly in the idea that there is a “just right” book for every person. I also believe that if a book doesn’t offer something to the person holding it, then it is Okay to let it go.
The bottom line: I discovered that when I made that unconscious (?) shift from reading to achieving, I was modeling some of the reasons why kids say they hate reading! Words and actions collided. I was showing them the opposite of what I said reading offers them.
So what will happen for me this year? I am going to be more deliberate in my reading activities. I will keep a list of the books I read and set goals that reflect different types of reading not the quantities of books.
How about you? Where do you want your 2019 reading year to lead?