From the time I learned how to read to the time I got married I consumed books. I especially loved classic fiction, poetry, and how-to books, but those were by no means the only books I read. My friend Katie was my partner in literature and we'd talk about the books we were reading, what we were learning from them, and we'd make long lists of books we planned to read. I was all about bettering my mind back then.
Well, uh, since I've gotten married I've ready approximately 4 books. Animal Farm (which I carried in my bag to read on the bus. It took me about 15 bus trips to finish it.) and the last three Harry Potter books which hadn't been made into movies at that point. This decline started out as being a busy newlywed preoccupied with moving to a new city, running a home, and learning to use public transportation. Then I got pregnant and reading (like everything else) made me sick. Then I had a baby and had "no time" for reading.
In the year 2011 I have read zero books. And you know what? I feel like I'm suffering for it. My mind is just not sharp anymore. My mind wanders all the time. My attention span is shot. Silas and I will be having a conversation and suddenly I completely forget what we're even talking about. I'm even losing the ability to properly construct sentences!
So I am determined to do better. That
My friend blogs at Reading to Know which is my favorite book review blog. Every once in a while she does a post where she talks about all the books currently on her nightstand. She'd be very proud to know I actually HAVE books on my night stand right now. To prove it I even took a picture!