Remember I told you about sacrificing my creativity in last Monday’s post? Well, I didn’t just sacrifice my creativity, I sacrificed reading too. There’s self-sacrifice for you.
I’ve always been an avid reader. Before I started working I read up to 500 books a year, and once I read 47 books in 7 days. I read a regular sized paperback in about 1,5 hours. The reason being that I’ve been reading books since I was 5, and I love it. I don’t own that many books, so I used to trawl the library weekly. In all the places I’ve lived, the librarians have known me. In part because I made them find and bring a lot of books from the vaults. When people ask me what my favorite book is, I’m never able to give them an answer. I don’t have one favorite book, I have favorite authors. These are some of them:
- Kathy Reichs
- Jeffery Deaver
- Anne Rice
- Margit Sandemo
- Agatha Christie
- Stephen King
When I started working, I didn’t have as much time to read, and bit by bit I lost energy as well. So when I had my daughter, I stopped reading. I was running on fumes every day, energy-wise. She had to be fed every hour 24/7, and I did everything. Just as if I had been a single parent, which I’m not. So there wasn’t anything left for me, and it took its toll in health issues and relationship problems. After I stopped working a regular job, because of my health, I started getting my energy back, as well as the time to read.
So I brought my books down from the attic and put them in the bookshelf next to my bed. You can see them in the picture in this post, and yes I know I’m not the tidiest person around 😀 I started setting aside 30 minutes to read every night. Since then I’ve been reading more and more. But since I’m running a business now, I can’t get back up to 500. One “bad” habit that’s returned is not being able to stop reading a good book, so I end up staying up too late, a little bit too often. But I’ll take care of that soon. A plus that comes with being your own boss is being able to take a nap when you need it.
Do you read? What books are your favorites?