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!