The above linked article talks about benefits of reading for at least 20 minutes a day. There are some good points in there. Some benefits I can think of are stress relief and being a role model for children. Decompressing after a long day, and settling in before bed are a couple of others.
I joined Netgalley.com this week. I have three books to read and review for them. As I review more, I can request more books to read and review. I am hoping it works out the way I want it to. The books I have received so far seem very interesting, and I got the badge that I posted above. Time will tell!
Austin Kleon, in the above linked article, talks about how to read more. I am always looking for times to read. Luckily for me, I have insomnia, so I get a lot of reading time between 2am and 4am. Here are a few tips from the author:
I do most of these, but I tend to finish a book once I am into it. If it’s for bookclub, then I will finish it, love it or hate it. I don’t actually schedule my reading time, it just kind of happens.
I would add one thing to this list: Turn off your TV! I record the shows I want to watch and then watch them at a future time, so that I am not just glued to the screen, watching nonsense I don’t want to watch. I only watch the nonsense I want to see.
I was two books shy of my reading goal for the year. I decided to bring some books up to read to Molly while I kept her company until her mom got home from work.
Molly was not impressed with the book about Misty Copeland. She decided to try to lick the pages. I finished it anyway.
She was more interested in the book about Paul Robeson. I think, though, that she was more interested in showing me her new toy. At least she didn’t lick pages.
There are several programs available to kids who would like to improve their reading. One is reading to dogs. I love the idea of these programs, which is why I tried to read to Molly, figuring I’d take care of two things at once. I would hope that the dogs in the kids programs wouldn’t be as wiggly and excited to see people. The poor kids would be licked to clean and possibly tackled when they sat down.
I did finish my reading goal, despite the “help.” Now I’m thinking of the goal for 2020. I have a week to figure it out.
This week’s audiobook is by Jeanne Gaffigan. When Life Gives You Pears. I am really enjoying it, and I’ll be finishing it quickly.
This week’s Kindle book is A Royal Christmas Wish. I started it for a bookclub, but I won’t be able to make the bookclub, so I will relax about finishing it by a certain time.
I have a few library books almost finished and I’ll be ready to return them soon.
I still have books to finish to make my goal of 120 books for the year. I need to get my reading time scheduled. And my gym time, but that’s another matter.
Today, I had very little on my schedule. I have a couple of things to do, but nothing urgent, other than finishing the bookclub selection for tomorrow’s bookclub.
The cats seemed to know, so they snuggled in, especially Inky. They decided that can share the blankets. I use the underside, they use the top. It seems to be working. I am alternating reading and clearing out the DVR. Maybe I’ll nap later.
I met my goal of 100 books, but I had already changed it to 120 books. I still have over two months to get those last twenty books read, so I think I’ll make it.