welcome to quote week! i’m sharing strategies for finding time to read (it’s there, i promise) and excerpts from novels i’ve recently read.
i read more by:
- constantly replenishing the supply of documents on my Kindle. use the Chrome extension to send online articles to your device. did you know all Kindle owners have a Kindle email address? cute, right? it means you can email PDFs to it. between these options, you can practically download reading material by mistake.
- embracing portability: whenever i suspect i’ll find a scrap of free time, my Kindle tags along. it’s so light, it’s crazy not to keep it with you all the time to hop on whenever and devour.
- sustaining battery life: it last a while regardless, but especially if you keep it in airplane mode
- indulging in the lack of distractions: yes, the Kindle has Internet, but it’s grayscale and thus lacks pizzazz. it might as well not be there.
- ensuring variety: books, online articles, PDFs, you name it. i always have an absurd number of books downloaded, so my options run the gamut from stuff i’m dying to start to necessary reads. typically, i have two books going at once: one work-related, the other non-work-related, i.e., fiction!
i’m nearing the end of The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, it’s the adventure- and danger-filled story of a man in North Korea, a land i’m weirdly obsessed with. this is my favorite quote so far:
“Not that he envied those who rowed in the daylight. The light, the sky, the water, they were all things you looked through during the day. At night, they were things you looked into. You looked into the stars, you looked into dark rollers and the surprising platinum flash of their caps. No one ever stared at the tip of a cigarette in the daylight hours, and with the sun in the sky, who would ever post a “watch”? At night on the Junma, there was acuity, quietude, pause. There was a look in the crew members’ eyes that was both faraway and inward.”
this is a fascinating point. i love the contrasts. we look through what’s in front of us because we think it’s clear. but maybe this perceived clarity is just the surface. the reality remains unexplored.
what could you be looking through instead of at or into? how do you know?