Hello again! It’s Katie again, back with more bookish inspiration for your Thursday.
I have a rather problematic book accumulation habit. My “to-read” stack is enormous, and gets added to almost daily. Pesky little things like eating, working, and sleeping get in the way of reading all the time. Yet books are my greatest source of creative stimulus; stories make me see the world differently. Who knows what windfall of creativity would come if I finished that great stack of to-reads?
It seems I am not alone in wanting to and wondering how to squeeze more of the printed word into my life. Better World Books played a hilarious (to me, anyway) April Fool’s joke with an imaginary new product–the hands-free book–claiming that “manual preoccupation was the major factor keeping readers from multitasking effectively.” I do sympathize with the plight of needing my hands to do things besides holding a book and was slightly disappointed that the product was not only imagined but rather improbable (except for audiobooks, perhaps).
Then I came across a little post on wikiHow that’s a little more grounded in reality. The post is a guide to making time to read, with twenty-three idea, a handful of tips, and three warnings (along the lines of “pay attention to the road when you’re listening to an audiobook in the car” and such). My favorite tip is something I wish I did more consistently: keep a list of the books you read, perhaps with notes about them. Goodreads makes it pretty easy to do this, but you could also keep a simple notebook. It’s a small adventure to see where your reading has taken you in your life. When I look back at my lists of books read over the years, I almost always remember both the emotions I experience reading a work and the things I experienced in my life at the time I read it. These memories, in turn, can become stories, projects, and a spark of creativity.
Have a happy Thursday, friends! I’m devouring Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies right now, which I picked up at the library last week. What are you reading? How do you think you will remember it?
p.s. I’m sorry I didn’t get back to any comments left here last week. I had some serious computer problems and spent all weekend fixing them, so I’m still catching up. I’d love to start a conversation about books, so please do leave a note and get the conversation going!