One of my goals in the coming year is to read more and to make a daily habit of reading.
Deciding what to read has been a challenge for me.
I come across many book recommendations, but in all honesty, I don’t always agree with them.
I’ve always feared this was a liability as a reader, a writer, and an educated person. However, I’m just now realizing that I don’t have to worry about feeling guilty about not reading something that just doesn’t interest me.
Sometimes I find a subject or genre interesting, but I don’t enjoy a particular author’s writing style, or their perspective is so opposite from mine that I have difficulty appreciating it. I do believe it’s important to be a well-rounded person and to be able to see the world from different points of view. However, I don’t think I’ll be reading much military fiction, romance, or young adult fiction in the near future. They’re just not for me.
I recently came across a free novel by Ernest Hemmingway. Even though I recognize his skill as a writer, I know I’m probably not going to enjoy Islands in the Stream. So I’ll be passing it along.
Preferences are something that I’m going to need to pay closer attention to if I want to succeed in my goal of developing a reading habit. As with any other choice that we must make about how to spend our time and energy, reading material is no different. I’d like to be self-aware and discerning, and I definitely plan on making more conscious choices in my reading selections this year. I am hoping this helps me as a reader, a writer and as a person.
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