friday’s “secret”: spend your free time

Free TimeOne of the things that never ceases to amaze me is the idea that we can’t spend our free time the way that we want to. Indeed, the idea of spending time period the way we want to is mind-boggling and completely foreign concept to some. That means we would have to deal the nagging voice in our head that is listing in graphic detail all of the things that we SHOULD be doing.  But guess what, you can spend your time, and more importantly, your FREE time, the way that you want to spend it. I am giving you permission.

I’m going to read now.

til tomorrow, enjoy life

I’m writing for 31 days on my love of books and reading. Catch up on the rest of this series.

friday’s “secret”: begin where you are

Today’s “secret” comes in answer to a reader’s question: “For a person who isn’t a ‘reader’, what would be your suggestion on how and with what to begin?” In addition, this reader likes pictures and does not necessarily like fiction. Thank you for the question.

If you want to try to read more, or really do anything at all, the beginning always lies in where you are at the moment.  From last week’s “secret”, we learned that we are all readers because we all read.  So, let’s start with what you are already reading and combine that with the interests of your life.

I’ll give you an example: I mentioned that I read “The Happiness Project” in 2011. In that book, Gretchen discusses time management strategies and references Laura Vanderkam’s work.  She’s the author of I Know How She Does It, which I discussed earlier this week.  I read that. I also read her other two books on time management because I enjoyed the first one so much. She then discussed the work of Daniel Pink, who had a podcast that I listened to briefly.  He mentioned the work of Susan Cain, who wrote the life changing book Quiet, which of course I read.  And it continues on and on.

You can see how I followed a string down the rabbit hole and have read many books by following my interests and making note of works referenced.

Amazon is an awesome research as well. If you are looking at a title that you have read and liked, note what Amazon recommends that is similar. Then try one that interests you. If you don’t like it (I recommend giving it at least 50 pages), discard it and move on to the next one.  “Life is too short to read bad books,” says Anne Bogel.

The trick is keep reading.  There is  something out there for everyone.

til tomorrow, enjoy life

P.S. As to our reader’s specific caveat with fiction, there are tons and tons of biographies and memoirs that include pictures of specific instances in the story tellers’ life.  Also, Barnes & Noble have glorious books with photographs on different topics: states of the country, other countries, particular individuals, etc.  What piques your interest? Go and learn more about it. Let me know how it works out!

Catch up on the rest of this series.

friday’s “secret”: the right way to be a reader

Today’s bookman’s “secret” is about the right way to be a reader.  Guess what? There’s no right or wrong way to be a reader.

Merriam Webster defines reader as “one that reads”.  You are reading this blog so congratulations! You’re a reader!

One of the literary sins that we “real” readers commit is thinking and acting like a “real” reader must read certain things – the classics, books on the New York Times Best Seller List, even physical books.  I am guilty of it. The Hubby does most of his reading online and he knows so much about so many things. Yet, when he asked me to place a book on hold for him at our local library, I was way too excited.  “Now he was really going to read,” I told myself. Idiotic!

To be considered a reader, all you must do is chose to read. It doesn’t matter what you read (personal development, novels, blog posts, newspaper articles, the Bible, comics, devotionals, whatever), the point is if you read something regularly, you are reader.  Hi readers!

til tomorrow, enjoy life

P.S. And as much as it pains me to say this: audiobooks count too.

Catch up on the rest of the series: This Bookman: Meditations & Miscellany