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What we do, I think, is throw away the lists. Delete the anxiety-inducing, peer pressure-based apps. Break up with the social networks and the reading challenges and the book clubs we like attending because the people are great even though we never finish the books. We kick prescriptive reading plans to the curb. We remind ourselves that there are no “shoulds” in the reading life, that there are myriad reasons for reading, and that we can read whatever we want, whenever we want, for whatever reason floats our bookish boats.
From Throw Away Your TBR List: A Radical Reading (un)Plan by Rebecca Joines Schinsky
Mug Cozy: 1 hour
Pick a Pocket Cozies by Simply Notable
- Fiction: Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell, read by various (short stories < 1 hr)
- Memoir: This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett, read by the author (essays < 1 hr)
- Non Fiction: Lost at Sea by Jon Ronson, read by the author (essays < 1 hr)
- Western: Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx, read by Campbell Scott (1 hr)
- Young Readers: Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman, read by the author (1 hr)
From Books To Listen To While You Knit (Plus Pattern Ideas) from Rachel Smalter Hall
3. “Personally, the books by which I have profited infinitely more than by any others have been those in which profit was a by-product of the pleasure; that is, I read them because I enjoyed them, because I liked reading them, and the profit came in as part of the enjoyment.”
Similar to the above, your reading should be a pleasurable experience. Granted, there’s some merit to slogging your way through certain books, but don’t make it a habit.
From Teddy Roosevelt’s 10 Rules For Reading by Jeremy Anderberg
Little Women is the story of four girls who, through personal setbacks and mistakes made within their relationships with the other girls in the group, learn, grow, and become women. (Except for Beth, of course. Alas, alack, poor Beth!)
Girls is the story of four girls who, through personal setbacks and mistakes made within their relationships with the other girls in the group, either remain the same and stagnate or regress ten giant steps backwards OR OR OR–and this is a writing feat I still can’t quite grasp–regress and stagnate at the exact same time.
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