The Blue Bookcase. This month's question is:
How do you find time to read, what's you reading style and where do you think reading literature should rank in society's priorities?
I have a busy life. A day job, freelance gigs, three very young children and the bloggy that you're reading right now. It doesn't leave a lot of time for reading. As much as I love physical books, e-books have given me the ability to read anywhere and anytime. I read in the bathroom, walking to my car after work, in line at the grocery store, waiting for my computer to boot up. All I need is my phone. I can even switch books on the fly when the mood strikes. I love e-books.
In bed each night I curl up with a physical book. I still love the smell of books, the feel of a deckled edge beneath my finger tips, the sound of pages turning. Unfortunately, I don't get much reading done in bed since I often fall asleep before I get more than a few pages into my novel. However, I do a lot of reading on Saturday mornings when I wake up before everybody else and (hopefully) squeeze in a good hour of reading before my home fills with the cacophony of three two year olds.
My reading is done in stolen moments. I make e-notes, I do e-highlights. I use sticky-tabs in my physical books, but I don't make a lot of physical marks in my books. There are exceptions. My copies of 2666 and Infinite Jest are full of notes, underlinings and other marginalia.
I've gone through reading phases in my life. As a teenager my nose was always in a book. When I went to college it fell off a bit, but after becoming a member of the real world it picked up again. I had a job for three years that had me on an airplane twice a week and during that time I read lots and lots and lots of books. I read the New Yorker from cover to cover. I was a machine. When that job ended my reading fell off dramatically and it wasn't until I got a Kindle for Christmas in 2010 and started blogging last summer that my reading picked up again.
Reading has become my sanity. I find truth and beauty in literature and I can't imagine a life without books.
What about you?