This is my third year in which I’ve had a reading goal. I truly believe that committing to these reading goals has changed my life. It took about a year before I noticed that my brain worked differently, that ideas came together for me in a different, more complex way than they used to, that the world seemed richer and most great ideas simpler than they had before. So yeah, reading matters to me.
My goal this year is 80 books. Last year my goal was 75 due to having a baby and not knowing how that would impact my ability to read (it was 25 books less than the year before). Well, everything was GREAT until Jack started crawling. Now it’s impossible to do ANYTHING when he is awake that involves a computer, tablet, kindle, book, phone, utensil, or item of food. I’ve got to prioritize my reading during nap time, which is hard when that’s also the only time I have to do EVERYTHING ELSE that he finds offensive or fascinating while awake. I’ll get it done because it’s important to me. That’s how priorities work. But right now I am also doing something that’s hurting my reading goal but something I think is really helpful: I’m (gasp) re-reading a couple of books!
I’ve always thought it was a good idea to re-read the books that were most influential to me every year, but my reading goal stops me from spending the time re-reading something when I could use that time to read something new. But this month I went through a spurt of business/self-help/motivation books that wore me out. I needed a break and I turned to some fluff: Harry Potter. I know, I know. But it’s only the third time I’ve read them – that’s not too terrible, right? I’m on book 3 right now and I think I’ll stop after that because I am also re-reading one of my top 3 best books EVER, Antifragile by Nassim Taleb. I just started it again yesterday and I’m just as amazed with it this time as I was the first time I read it. It’s just so different and so illuminating. I hear someone describe this book as giving vocabulary to something previously not understood. That is totally spot on and that’s why it’s a top 3 book for me.
I’m on the wait list for a few books at the library so pretty soon I will have some new stuff to read but for now I am benefiting from a refresher course in risk, randomness, iatogenics, and the heuristics that help us navigate those things. And Hogwarts.
P.S. You can keep up with what I am reading at Goodreads.