— John Wooden
I have been reading like a crazy person this week. I didn't realize what I was doing until AJ asked me one night if I had finished my other book because I was starting a new one. I looked at him like he was mildly crazy and said, "No, but I just got this one and it looks interesting." Then the next day at physical therapy my therapist asked me what I had been up to, and I started telling him about the books I was reading. He then asked how many books I was reading, "Oh, just 3, oh wait, 4 actually. I forgot I was reading a novel, too." He just kind of shook his head and walked away.
This isn't a new behavior pattern for me. I have always read a lot and frequently multiple books at once, or serial books. I heard about a program that wanted people to read 100 books a year (it could be any kind of bound material to qualify as a book). I am tempted to try that, but I don't want to be bound to keep track of my books. I am fairly sure in an average year I read more than 100 books.
The only thing that is really different this time is I am reading a lot of non-fiction. I haven't read this many non-fiction books back to back or at the same time since I was in college, and those were political books that I really hated having to read. I am enjoying it and I am learning more about all kinds of different things.
With all this reading I am finding that I am trying to really understand some things that I hadn't thought about before. I am being exposed to some new and different ideas and loving it. The only problem I have is now I want to find away to compress and track the information I am learning. I am thinking that I am going to start doing some book reports on my blog. Nothing complicated, but a way to track the book and the key points of the information. Maybe it will help someone else decide if they should read the book.
I found this quote:
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."
- Joseph Addison
Reading this makes me really want to do the book reports, so that as I am getting other areas of my life into shape - physically and financially, I am getting my brain into shape. I am working on picking as a day to make my book report day, so it will probably be next week before I actually start them. I just wanted to semi make it official by telling myself I am going to do it.
Oh, and as always, I would love to have company along this journey! So, if you want to read and talk about some books you are reading, let me know and we can have a linky party!