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