"Turn off the t.v. and read. Read lots of books, all sorts of books- poetry and fiction, books about Africa, the Middle East, American history, individuals who have done great things and terrible things, the environment, women around the world. Then find people with whom to discuss the new and startling ideas that begin to percolate in your brain. Who knows what will happen next? You might find yourself at a demonstration or running for the school board. You might start to like someone who always seemed weird before. You might save a street or a salt marsh or a person. All because of a book."
Katha Pollitt (poet, essayist and critic).
Love this life hack by Nick Gray. (via jayrobinson)
I download a lot of books, but they just sit there and get lost in my Kindle. I forget about them.
So I developed this hack: I add books I want to read to my Amazon Wishlist. Every once in a while I dump that into Fancy Hands and reserve all the books at the local library. Whenever I stop by there are invariably books waiting for me. It’s much easier to pick up and read a book when the physical copy is sitting out on my coffee table, reminding me of its presence. I rarely finish reading all the books I check out, but this little hack has increased the number of books I read ten-fold.
As a child I used to be an avid reader, to the point where literally the worst punishment would be my mom threatening to stop buying me books in order to get me to eat, sleep on time and do my homework.
Upon entering university, the academic expectations were set high and it became necessary to read ~6+ chapters per week to stay on track. This increase in mandatory readings became the reason my love for reading declined. When I’m forced to do something, I don’t like to do it anymore so reading became negatively associated with the stress of keeping up with school work.
I had to force myself to start reading for pleasure again and I must say, it’s probably been one of the best decisions I’ve made over the past few weeks. I know HS/Uni/College/work is difficult and stressful, but never ever, ever give up something that you love. Those hobbies are the things that keep you well-balanced and sane.