reading

Time to Make Time

I came across this article today and realized that there is a lot of truth to how much time we all spend on mindless items or being generally unproductive. It can feel really good to be unproductive when you have a long work week or are just simply tired. But if you have a goal, then in some cases the excuse of not having the time doesn’t apply. If something (like a reading goal) is that important to you, it’s…

When to Give Up on a Book

When to Give Up on a Book

When to give up on a book (or if giving up on a book should even be considered an option) has been a topic that I have gone back and forth about quite a bit. When you go to college to study Literature, you don’t get much of a choice about what you read. Sure, you pick the classes, but the piles of books that come with each class are, for the most part, up to the professor to select.…

Reading Can Be Exhausting

Reading Can Be Exhausting

I took a class in college called “Readers, Writers, and Books”, mainly because my favorite professor was teaching it and partly because I thought it sounded straightforward enough. As a Literature major, I had been taking handfuls of intensive theory classes. I was hoping for a bit of an easier time. Of course, I should have known better than to judge a class by its title. I’ll spare you the nitty gritty, but the primary goal of the class was…

Simply Said: Joyce Carol Oates

Simply Said: Joyce Carol Oates

2013 has been my most successful year of reading thus far. According to the metrics on Goodreads, I’ve read 59 books already this year. Before 2013, the most books I had read in a year was 43 books in 2009. And while, we’re on the topic of statistics, I’ve read 20,988 pages so far. Reading really has been my way to slip into the skin of someone else. And with 59 books consumed thus far, I’ve clearly been on a…