Monday, July 4, 2011

Flashbacks! (Flashback #1 - A Confession, On Reading)

From May 2003 until January 1, 2010 I maintained a Live Journal blog.  For a variety of reasons, I decided to end that blog... and that's when I started my new blog, here.  I "locked" up the old blog (so none of the entries are public), but I was looking back at those 7 years of blogging and I think that some of the entries are important to who I am now, and so I am going to have a new feature here called "Flashbacks."  Once or twice a week (I think), I'll copy an old blog post here along with some back story and/or follow ups.

So... ready go.  Here's a first one.  It's about me & books/reading.

Originally Posted February 8, 2009 at 11:25pm

A Confession

I love to read. I'd say it's one of my Top 5 passions... books. Since November of 2002, I've been writing down every single book I finish in a journal... its black with a green ladybug on the cover, and each page has a red/blue/green ladybug printed on the top (I bought 3 of these journals at the time, one in each color.) I've kept this journal in my nightstand since 2002... and kept it updated. (See first photo).

In 2003, I read 41 books.
In 2004, I read 34 books.
In 2005, I read 42 books.
In 2006, I read 36 books.
In 2007, I read 14 books.
In 2008, I read 5 books.

Something happened when I started TTC and got pregnant... starting November 2007, it's like I lost the attention span to read. In 2008, I read 2 cheesy mysteries (the kind you'd buy in an airport), and I actually only read one, one was an audio book I listened to. And I read 3 parenting books. (See photo of list.)

I don't know what happened. I still love to read. And I miss it. It's just, it's like I've forgotten how. Or I'm out of practice & habit. Or I'm distracted, or my attention span is shot. I'm so fatigued all the time, even thinking about a book makes my eyes flutter shut.

This has to change. I HAVE plenty of books I've been meaning to read. It's embarrassing and awful. And I've talked about in my blog many times here, how I've "lost" myself and so many parts of who I am. And this is a major part of me I've lost.

So, I made some New Years's Resolutions, but only one "official" one so far (to learn how to cook one new food/dish/dessert a week)... and it's never too late... so this will be official New Years's Resolution #2. To read in 2009. Being a new mom takes up most of my time, so I'm going to be conservative... and challenge myself to read 25 books this year, and hope I can surpass that.

*hangs head in shame*


I'm sorry to report, I didn't do much better in 2009.  In 2009, I read 20 books.  Better, but still not great.  And in 2010, I read only 6 books.  Six!  Awful.

But with my new job I started in December 2010 and my new Kindle (a super, awesome surprise gift from a special friend) I'm on a much better track!  I've read 35 books so far in 2011, and it's only half way done.  So, I'm glad that I have my attention span and hobby back!

Book Lists

Have any good book recommendations for me?  I'd love to hear them!

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  1. If you liked Neil Gaiman's "Neverwhere", I would recommend his "American Gods" and "Anansi Boys" (in that order). Also, I highly, highly recommendd the Discworld novels by Sir Terry Pratchett. :) ~Shannon

  2. Room. I forget the name of the author because I got it out of the library, but that is the name of the book. It was really moving, and not too long, for us moms with little time to read. I love to read too and I know how hard it is with little ones interrupting to read anything!

  3. @QueenMab - I've read both American Gods and Anansi Boys. I've read nearly all of Neil Gaiman's books... and a few I haven't read are on my Kindle already! Maybe I'll read one next! THANKS!

    Elisa - is this the book you mean?

  4. Yes! That's it. Really fascinating. I won't give the ending away but it's happy. The middle is a little sad but stick with it! Just don't read when you're hormonal, lol.

  5. And let me take the opportunity to just say, I was introduced to your blog through The Huffington Post's article about the situation with Starbucks. I am not gay but we are all Moms and gay or straight we need to stick together through good times and bad. I was so glad NY state has allowed gay marriage! I can relate to any moms trying their best to raise good kids,and I have enjoyed your writing.

  6. Actually, I am glad to hear that other people have this same problem. For me, I just have an endless list of excuses! I used to work in a library so any of the books I wanted to read, were right there.

    I have a huge list of books saved on Amazon that I haven't touched. The list just keeps on growing. If you've never read Good Omens, it's a delightfully snarky read. Also, Ivo Andric is really interesting. The Damned Yard or The Boy with the Violin are collections of short stories about life in cold war era Eastern Europe. If you want something more Ameri-centric, The World We Live in by Louis Bromfield was a beautiful read. Admittedly, I picked it up because he's from my home state, Ohio.

    Good luck with the reading list! Hope it goes well for you!

  7. Darlin' Dana
    Am subscribed to your blog since the Fabulous Starbucks letter and love y'alls perspectives on how we make our way in the world today... HA!
    Have a similar problem, re: blogs. Shortly after I tested HIV+ in '91 and got my first computer and internet access, the rage was personal websites which is where I started writing my story. Then came Windows Live Spaces which was recently converted to WordPress, then MySpace and now Facebook. I have bits & pieces all over the place, but I try to keep my websites and Facebook pages updated. Keeping busy is one of the things that helps keep me ALIVE! so I have limited time as well. Any suggestions? Thanks...
    Michael in Ky

  8. @Elisa - I'm glad you came across my blog! I got ROOM for my Kindle, and I actually started reading it today! I'm about 10% of the way through... it's very interesting being narrated by a 5 year old! I'll let you know how I like it when I'm done! (Check back in 2 days).

  9. You should join GoodReads, you can see what your friends are reading and get a lot of great recommendations. I liked Room as well. And I just finished The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. Definitely recommend!

    Ingot an iPad early in the year and my number of books read is already three times that of last year. It's a bit crazy, but I'm so glad.

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