By Kim Murphey
I love to read. I love to learn new things. But I have to admit that I go through different types of books and how I read them. Sometimes I have a couple of books that I am reading all at once. Sometimes I have books that sit around for a long time. Eventually I’ll read them all. This is what’s on the reading pile now. Self-help types (The Twisted Sisterhood), teaching types (The Twitter Book, Head First WordPress, Cooking For Geeks), some just for fun (Twitchhiker, John Grisham’s The Client). Sometimes I’m not reading anything at all for weeks at a time. But when I have to fill out forms and list the things I do for fun, I put reading first. The list falls apart from there as I’m torn between the things I like to do vs. the things I wish I could do more of ie: cook, art vs. travel, riding.
When I was a kid growing up in the country I spent a lot of time outdoors but when inside I always had my face buried in a book. We didn’t have a TV as my parents believed it caused all kinds of harm. Maybe it did and maybe it didn’t. I believe that if I wanted to find things to cause me harm, I could find it in books just as well as on TV but that’s neither here nor there now. I managed to bring my own kids up with a love of books despite the influences of TV and the internet so I think maybe it has a lot more to do with your parenting style.
I seem to justify reading now if I’m learning something, hence the self-help or teaching types or I’ll stretch this category by adding historical novels here (I know, that is stretching it but it works for me). So as winter quickly approaches and I spend less time outside, I’m looking forward to getting to all those books…after work, laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, taxiing children….