Monday, March 16, 2009

Books Are Like Methadone

You know, I used to LOVE reading. I couldn't get enough. I could read a 600 page book in a week.

Then computers came along, and I created a website, and then I discovered blogging. Of course, probably the real problem began when I found that I could borrow the company laptop to use at home. That meant that I could sit in bed and "laptop it", or carry it to the living room and settle in, or out to the porch. Whatever I wanted! Now all of my free time is spent on a computer, and I can't remember what was the last book that I read. A 600 page book now takes probably a month or two for me to get through.

I miss reading. I miss the simplicity of it, and of losing myself in the story on the page and in my mind.

I've won a few books lately, so I hope to get back to reading soon. I've been visiting different book review blogs, and I see all of these reviewers who are doing "100 Book Challenges", and I'm amazed how people can find time to read 100 books in a year. That's a book every 3 1/2 days. And we're talking big books, not little 100 page books!

So I am issuing myself a challenge. In an attempt to wean myself off of my computer addiction and back to my true love (books), I am issuing myself a 12 book challenge. A challenge to put down the computer and pick up a book. My goal is to read twelve books before the end of 2009.

Twelve books may not sound like much, but that is time that I will have to spend away from the computer. No blogging or emailing or surfing while I just lose myself in what will hopefully be twelve good stories.

I hope to regain some creativity, passion and innocence while I hearken back to simpler days. I hope that the books become the methadone for my computer addiction, taking the edge off and giving me the incentive to stay away from the computer.

The first book on the list is Robin Cook's The Invasion.

Others on the list:
  • The Terror by Dan Simmons
  • My Little Red Book by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

I'll keep you posted!


Neas Nuttiness said...

I'm sure that you can accomplish this challenge. I could kick myself for not taking on the 100 book challenge. If I had know that I was going to have the surgery, I would have jumped at it. Course hind sight is always 20/20.

Neabear said...

I keep a log of books I have read. Every year on Jan 1st I count how many books I read for the year and how many new authors. This year it was 26 books and 7 new authors. I seem to be getting a slow start for 2009. I think I have finished 3 books. Maybe 4. I am currently reading a Margaret Truman book right now.

Kathy said...

Hi! first time visiting your lovely blog!
I definitely hear you on this post-- I've been reading blogs all morning while my "Six Wives of Henry VIII" sits idle.
I mentioned, I HEAR you but apparently I didn't READ you correctly. I actually thought this post was titled "BOOBS are like methadone." Had to go back and re-read to realize that I inferred from the first post "Save Boobs."
Definitely time to give these screen-reading eyes a break and go back to the basics.

Heather said...

hee hee That's hysterical! "Boobs are like methadone"!

Thanks for stopping by. I'm going to try to force myself to put down the computer and read for at least an half-an-hour tonight. Baby steps!


The Spears Family said...

Two great books... read them BEFORE seeing the movie.
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kid
Marley & Me by John Grogan