For someone who constantly alleged she had “no time for reading” and was “always busy” I sure found time to read a lot of books in April! This month I managed to finish seven books, the most I’ve read in any month this year, for a total of 1,954 pages. That makes my year-to-date total to 5,406 pages! That feels like a lot to me.
For the last several weeks I’ve been thinking about why I read. It started when I tried to explain to my boss why I took so long to start Under the Banner of Heaven, even though I’ve wanted to read it forever. I told her I put it off because I needed to get some shorter books read so I had enough books finished so I could post a review every single week. She laughed at that, and after I said it I realized how odd it must have sounded to someone who doesn’t blog.
Then I started to think about why I read at all, and I realized that part of the reason I keep reading a priority is because of this blog. I’ve stopped watching tv shows because when I do I get sucked into them, avoid my homework, and don’t read anything for fun. I think if left to my own devices, I’d spend most of my free time zoning out in front of the tube rather than exploring all the fantastic books there are to read.
I don’t mean to say that I wouldn’t read without my blog. I love getting lost in a good book. I love the feeling when you pull yourself away from a story to see that hours have passed without you noticing. I love the feeling of carrying a book in my purse and knowing it’s there if I have a few spare minutes during my day. I’ve always been a voracious reader, and I don’t ever really see that changing. I’ll always read.
What I think I mean is that I wouldn’t read as much or as well as I’m reading now if I weren’t blogging. If I didn’t want to review and think about books in a public way, I don’t know what exactly I’d be reading, but it would probably not be that interesting. And you know, part of the reason I keep blogging is because of the feedback I get from all of you.
So I guess this ramble is my way of a thank you. Thank you for helping me be motivated to read. Thank you for helping me be motivated to blog. Thank you for being so great that I’m motivated to participate in the conversations you start on your blogs. Just, thank you.
There’s been lots of discussions around the book blogosphere lately about why we blog and what we should be doing as bloggers. Those conversations are important, but I ultimately think the whole discussion boils down to something pretty darn simple…
I love to read books and write about books. My blog is part of a book blogosphere full of people who love to read books and write about books too. The Interwebs gives us a place to connect, ignoring geography, so we can share our love of reading. That’s the power of book blogging, and in all of the stuff that is going on online and in my real life, I just don’t want to forget that.
EDITED: I forgot a question! Pretty simple this time… why do you read?