plan your holiday reading now

i went to the DMV and all i got was this lousy head cold (and, finally, a CA driver’s license).  no trip to the department of motor vehicles is complete without a story, but i’m too delirious to write it today.  so i’m headed back to bed, where i’ll read like crazy. 

it’s appropriate timing, because it connects with today’s scheduled post, about how we can all read more.  more books, that is, not tweets.

i am addicted to a book—the novel Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.  it’s about Henry VIII’s court, with his advisor Thomas Cromwell, as protagonist.  the name might sound familiar because BBC turned it into a series.

i don’t know what i find it so appealing.  sure, 16th century England was tumultuous.  twisty schemes abounded and cautious conversations were required to keep one’s body unburned.  

but this is the kind of excitement where, as the day winds down or i come home from yoga, i wonder, what am i looking forward to?  chocolate?  wine?  oh, right—Wolf Hall!  it’s a trilogy, so the second—Bring Up the Bodies—and third—The Mirror and the Light—volumes await.

but what about you?  are you reading?  if i can grow fascinated with Thomas Cromwell, you can read outside your usual arena.  and while it sounds counterintuitive, you can still do so around the holidays. 

there’s secret downtime tucked away.  think of all the food comas and the hours the turkey spends cooking.  plus, reading is an ideal escape from terrible conversationalists.   

and if you’re traveling, isn’t it satisfying to know that regardless of what awaits at the airport or train station, you have an outlet?  a place to regroup, rest, and investigate. or whatever reading is for you. 

take time now to fill your Kindle, renew your library card, or buy your heart out on Amazon. 

unfortunately, i can already hear your protests—i don’t have time!  do you know how much i have to do?  so before you manage to read more, you’ll need the right mindset. 

enter Ryan “where do you get the time to eat three meals a day?” Holiday

among lots of other achievements, he sends monthly email newsletters with reviews of books he’s read over the previous 30 days.  there are usually five or six!  he’s the army sergeant of reading.  but like the commands military folk shout at boot camp, his “read more” message is only meant to help you.  here’s his site, with articles to get you in the right frame of mind for intensive reading.

how often do you read books?  what’s the next title on your list?