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The Practice of Reading

My reading habits have been abysmal since the pandemic began. In early December I picked up a book to read. It kept me company amidst the shopping, decorating and wrapping. Once it was all complete, I started reading again.

I read five books in December, four of those since the 20th of the month. It feels good to be reading again. All the books came from the library, delivered to my iPad to be read on the Kindle app. Today I started a sixth book. If I kept on the pace of five books a month in 2022, I will have read 60 books.

I should not say that out loud – it sounds too much like a resolution or goal easily crumbled. I will just say it is nice to consider the possibility.

I have high hopes for the book I started today – the one that will accompany me from 2021 to 2022. The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig is my choice. I have not read any reviews, but the synopsis makes me think it will be a good transitional, possibly feel good book to see me into the new year.

What book are you reading while jumping from one year to the next?

 

15 thoughts on “The Practice of Reading”

  1. I bought some books on the kindle with a voucher I received for Christmas – and have fallen back towards reading scandalous or notorious books (what else was the Kindle invented for?!). The last few evenings I’ve been reading “Crash” by J G Ballard. It’s… interesting.

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    1. I read the synopsis on that one, Jonathan. Not sure it would be one I would undertake reading. I will be interested to hear your thoughts after finishing the book.

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  2. I loved “Midnight Library” and read it twice, once for myself, once for my book group. I am reading nonfiction mainly these days. I find it hard to concentrate on most fiction, particularly any purporting to be “literary.” I did finish and love “Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles. Very engaging and eventually hopeful.

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  3. I haven’t read five books all year! I got two for Christmas, one is the autobiography by Miriam Margolyes. I might start reading that in January.
    Best wishes, and a very happy new year.
    Pete.

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    1. I was the same, Pete. It feels good to be reading again, however. The autobiography sounds interesting. I am sure she has interesting stories considering her career.

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