Restful Reading

May 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm (Uncategorized) ()

This is a lazy post, I’ll be the first to admit it. I have spent the past week and a half drunk on reading.

I’m at one of those rare breaks where I’ve finished a draft of one project and need to set it aside for a while, plus I’m not quite to the point of editing a different project, and it’s not really time yet to start a new project. I’ve just finished a ton of work and I’m about to launch off into a ton of work, but for just a little while, I have nothing that has to get done right now.

Which for me means a reading binge.

I don’t read as much when I’m drafting or editing. I don’t want to get pulled into someone else’s voice, and there are so many amazing books in my TBR pile that it’s hard not to get lost in them once I start. I allow myself about two books a week while I’m writing, mostly for when I’m eating or on break at work.

This last week and a half, I’ve been reading between one and three books a day, and it’s WONDERFUL. (At the moment I’ve just streaked through the Song of Ice and Fire series, and those are really more like one a bit per day books). I’ve read fairy tales, read epic fantasies, a couple of contemps, some adventure. I’ve read picture books and middle grade and YA and standard genre, and I’ve been in absolute heaven. I’m not reading to dissect anything (except after the fact for reviews, but that’s different). I’m not reading to learn anything, not reading to find a particular skill (though I appreciate what I notice), I am reading purely for the pleasure of doing so.

I’m reading for fun.

Which is something we don’t always allow ourselves. There are things to write, to edit. Books are tools, books are lessons, books are useful.

Well, yes.

But books are also FUN.

So make sure that every now and then, you give yourself a gift of some time to read whatever you want. It’s restful, but it’s also like putting a battery on a charger- you come away from that reading time with all the juices going, ready to dive back in and save the world. Or destroy it. Or build it. Whatever it is you happen to be doing.

Happy reading!

Until next time~


  1. Shelver506 said,

    So weird! I book-binged last week, too! (Even wrote a post about it, if you’re interested ).

    I know you mentioned the Song of Ice and Fire series, but what else are you gobbling up?

    • Dot Hutchison said,

      Um, let’s see…I’m in the fifth Martin book, with the first four immediately preceding it. I read The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healy; Kill Me Softly, by Sarah Cross; Enchanted by Alethea Kontis; The Wasteland and Other Poems, by T.S. Eliot; and I reread Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George, and Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
      Serious reading binge.

      • Shelver506 said,

        Wow. I mean, seriously, wow. I’m a bit of a speed-reader, and I’m legitimately impressed. If you work yourself into a headache, I suggest BC Powder. Works like a charm. :)

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