It’s come to my attention, sadly, that I simply do not read enough. I read all day — just about every day, it seems — but it’s always online stuff: short articles, snippets of things, research information, blogs, etc. I can’t remember the last time I’ve picked up and read an actual, tangible book. You know, the kind where you have to turn the pages manually? They usually smell a little musty and are made up of actual paper and ink and binding glue…
When I first moved here I was excited to finally live somewhere with an accessible physical library. I spent so many years longing for the days when I could go to the library and lose myself in a comfy chair hidden behind the stacks, with a random selection in hand, and just READ — like I did when I was (way) younger. Obviously, my anxiety issues prevent that exact scenario these days, but also, I haven’t even been to the library once since I got my library card.
I’m feeling really, really off-center these days. My emotions are a roller coaster and my desire to write is losing the battle with my brain that keeps telling me everything I do is literal crap. I need to re-center and find a way to escape my brain for a while and I’ve decided that I should try getting back into reading more, books, specifically. I’ve tried downloading e-books but it just isn’t the same thing and it’s so much harder to lose yourself reading off a device that is irritatingly glowing in your face and has a zillion and one distraction options constantly calling out to you.
So, I dug out my library card this morning. I went to a website called “What Should I Read Next?,” which lets you look up and compile titles and authors you’ve previously read and enjoyed and then throws out a list of suggestions based on the tags/keywords/genre/etc. of those selections. After googling a couple of suggested titles, I logged into the library system, searched the catalog and reserved “Good in Bed” by Jennifer Weiner.
I’ve never heard of her before, so I’m going out on a limb a little bit. The actual selection suggested was “In Her Shoes,” but when I looked it up and saw that it was a follow-up to “Good in Bed” I figured I should read the first one first. I’ll have to come back and let you know how it was/is! 🙂