Sunday, March 20, 2011

I've lost my reading mojo.

"All this she must possess," added Darcy, "and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading."- Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

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 might will mean closing the laptop and reading instead. It may mean leaving those dishes undone for another hour or two. But I NEED to do better with this. I feel like I'm slipping into resigned illiteracy.

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!
The bottom two books are ones that I bought. The two on top are books Silas bought for me and asked me to read. I'm going to update you in a month and let you know how I'm doing. In fact, I hope to update you every month on what I'm reading. Because there really is no excuse for not reading.


  1. Yay! =D Go you. (I have to purpose to do it also. And at the tail end of pregnancy, I'm finding that I REALLY have to work at it. So easy to just..sit and stare into nothingness instead.)

    Proud? Yes. Very proud. =D

  2. Mmmm this post makes me happy! I too found myself in a rut of not post college I decided to take it up with some serious gusto! I had to read 25 books per year in highschool and that seemed like a reasonable goal for 12 months. I accomplished this for two years running....and now, alas, I don't know how 2011 has slipped by with only two books on my completed list!! Life is busy. I've also resigned myself to the idea that 25 is wonderful, but probably not realistic for every year. I'm excited to hear about the books you read (those two Silas gave you are indeed excellent!) and I'd be happy to lend you books and/or recommendations.

  3. Also, I've fallen even more in love with audio books! It still counts and it allows for ever so much more cleaning/cooking while consuming top notch literature!

  4. Ah, you're not the only one. Life seems to have caught up with me the past year and I've read nowhere near my normal massive number of books!

    I have a feeling Twitter and Facebook might have something to do with it though... :/ I'm more likely to hit "refresh" a bunch more, than to pick up a book and start reading it when I'm bored. (though, I also seem to have run out of much time to be bored.) :P

  5. I am so feeling you on this. I haven't read many more than you since getting married and I feel the mental decay - lol! The Internet is too strong for me to resist! If I didn't have to use my laptop for work, I'd make Chad take it with him to work so I'd have nothing to do but read, exercise or do art.

  6. I've been seriously slacking here too. Why does it feel like you're calling me out? ;)

  7. I definitely could have written a lot of this! I can't believe how many books I used to read in high school; I miss those days. :P Since having a baby, I think my reading list dropped to zero as well and started to improve until I got pregnant again and have been sick. I need to try and transition from watching a movie in the evening to distract myself and read a book instead!

  8. There is an excuse, it's called motherhood.

    I've even given up on feeling guilty about it. I will probably show up at our book club this month and pretend I know what everyone is talking about. I love books and reading them, so I know that this phase won't last forever. Let us know if you finish one!

  9. Oh my goodness. Watership Down is pretty close to being my favorite book ever. :) Enjoy it. And...considering how badly I have done over the past four years reading any books that are not required, I have a feeling I'll have to fight the illiteracy ditch as hard as you have. Maybe we can keep each other accountable :) Love ya!

  10. Your top two books are two of my all-time favorites!!! Enjoy! And definitely share what you think :-)


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