We did the bet yesterday. At 11:00 a.m. I started Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero. The book is hysterical, by the way. Rick doesn’t get lazy. Every book in this series is as good as the last. At 3:00 p.m. I stopped.
And, I lost. I got to page 344, which was an average of 86 pages per hour. I read more yesterday evening, and I got up at 1:30 a.m. and finished it. My younger daughter, the challenger, named her prize.
I used to read almost constantly until I went to college. The elementary, junior high and high schools would send home book orders from Scholastic, and every time the order came in, I would march out with an armload of books. Each one was read multiple times, and I still have most of them.
Somewhere in college, I lost the joy of reading. In the struggle to get good grades, and then to work full time, and then to raise kids, I stopped reading almost altogether. Finding the time to read was too hard, and not being able to finish the book in a reasonable amount of time was too frustrating. That is why I started reading the ends of books first. Then, if it took me an excruciatingly long time to finish a book, at least I knew the outcome.
This year, as noted earlier, I have challenged myself to read 25 books. And, I have discovered something: I like to read books from beginning to end again. Of the books on my shelf, I haven’t skipped to the end to find out what happens, I’ve read them all the way through.
If you have lost the joy of reading, or never had it to begin with, challenge yourself to read this year. Choose one of the books on my shelf, and borrow it from your local library, buy it for your Kindle or other automated device, or, gasp, buy a paperback–my personal favorite. Or, you can start with my four-part story Pieces by clicking on the tabs above.
When my own novel is published, (Nope, no agent yet, but I am hoping soon.) I hope you will read it, reread it, and tell your friends about it so they read it.
I am now reading Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys which is hysterical, and Hobbits, You, and the Spiritual World of Middle Earth which is a devotional for teens based on The Hobbit.
My daughter’s prize: The Mortal Instruments: Codex
My prize: I am reading again.