I finally updated my goodreads profile the other day and came to the sad realization that in the Month of May I didn't finish a single book. Since reading is pretty much my favorite way to spend down time, I was obviously a bit disappointed. It is especially sad when you compare it to last May when I read 8 books! Granted last May I spent 12 days in Maui where I read 6 of those books and spending the early mornings drinking coffee on a lanai is far more conducive to reading than the hustle bustle of everyday life -- but STILL! That is no excuse.
Last week I spent a few minutes browsing some of my favorite reading blogs (minutes! ha! I kid. I kid. It was more like hours) and immediately pulled up a second browser with my local library's catalog system ready to request whatever piqued my interest. I ended up with about 20 new books in addition to the other stuff I previously had on hold. These have been slowly but surely making their way to the hold shelf at the library and I have been stopping by to pick them up little by little on my way home from work and I contend there is nothing more exciting than a stack of new books, fresh from the library waiting to be read!
I wasn't joking yesterday when I said I am inspired to try and create a life that I don't want to escape, and one of the things that gets me giddy when planning some escape time is: Can I squeeze in some uninterupted reading time? I mean hours to read all to myself is such a luxury unavailable in the everyday life, right? Well forget that, I say! I have come up with a solution that makes this luxury come standard in my everyday life. I've been setting my alarm for 5am -- which I know makes some people's mouths drop -- so please don't think I am recommending this for everyone. But for me? I'm a morning person and basically the second I get out of bed, I'm up and ready to have a conversation or take on the day or whatever. I know that sounds sickening, but it was not my natural state, trust me. I spent over 10 years in the coffee industry and part of that job description is that you learn to get up at unimaginable hours, so mostly it's a non-issue for me as long as I go to bed at a decent hour. So the other day I asked myself -- why am I not taking advantage of that?
Getting up early is someting I love. Uninterupted time to myself to read is also something that I love. So why not combine the two (especially when it is summer and it is BEAUTIFUL in the morning) for a little daily luxury? I have started almost everyday for the last week with almost 2 extra hours to read, drink my coffee, enjoy the weather before it gets crazy-hot, and just RELAX! I mean my backyard is no Maui Lanai but it has totally felt like a mini-vacation every single day, not to mention I've been tearing through books like gangbusters (Well for me at least, I read dreadfully slow). I'm just so happy to be able to make one tiny intentional change that so far is making a world of difference.
So, now that that is out of the way -- tell me, I've got my Library Catalog Browser open...what are you reading right now???