For Fellow Readers

Continuing with changes to my blog that started with no longer posting daily check-ins to report on writing work I’ve done, I am adding a new feature. This is oddly in a similar vein to my writing updates, because in a way it will help me hold myself accountable to a habit I want to develop (or in this case, re-develop), but hopefully will also prove considerably more interesting to readers of the blog than my writing check-ins.

Shameful admission time: I have read less books in the last 10 years than I care to say. I used to be an avid reader. Up through high school, I was one of those kids whose moms had to kick them out of the house to get some fresh air, because I’d rather spend my free time reading. I still read a lot for the next several years, until my own kids started to eat up my free time. Then stress and difficult-to-deal-with jobs, and the abundance of technological entertainment made it easier (and at the time I thought better) to play games or watch something in my free time.

Now it’s time to remedy that. I have started reading a new book, one which I’ve had for about a year and a half, and seemed to be a good place to start. And I’ve already realized how much I miss reading.

Because I’m me, I decided that it was fitting to share my rekindling of this joy here on my blog. I’ll be starting up a new segment later this week. On Fridays, I’ll share something about books–whether about what I’m reading right now or have recently finished reading, books or series I’ve enjoyed in the past, or maybe books that are on my “to be read” list (or even just an “I’m curious about this” list).

I don’t know how quickly I’ll make it through any books, and my preference for books may be more selective, eclectic, or just very different, from others. But I’m open to suggestions for books to consider, especially as I start to make known what types of books I do read.

For now, I will leave you with this: What genre of books do you read most? Who are your favorite authors? What books would you most recommend to others?