I have read more in the last three months than I did per year for the last 10-15 years.
I read a lot as a child, often begging my mom to let me stay up later to read more. As I got older, I stopped reading as much. In high school, we had required reading that took up most of my time. In college, I just had other things to do. I saw reading as a waste of time, but still watched a ton of shows, spent time online reading columns and essays.
But during this time at home, what started out as a way to have a routine/goal – getting in 50 pages of reading each day – quickly turned into something I enjoy doing. Powering through a book and then being able to add it to the list gives me great satisfaction. But I’m also enjoying spending time quiet and focused.
I’ve even gone so far as to download ebooks to my phone, so I can spend less time closing Twitter, only to reopen it within the minute. It’s nice to have an alternative to social media when I can only handle opening my phone in the morning.
All this is to say, I hope this habit doesn’t change as life gets busier and I spend less time at home.
The following is a list in the order in which I have read them. The book titles are linked to their respective Goodreads pages.
- You Deserve a Drink by Mamrie Hart
- Almost Adulting by Arden Rose
- Meaty by Samantha Irby
- How to Weep in Public by Jacqueline Novak
- Suddenly, a Knock at the Door by Etgar Keret
- Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- Alternatives to Sex by Stephen McCauly
- The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well by Louisa Thomsen Brits
- Normal People by Sally Rooney
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
- Educated by Tara Westover
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts... by Susan Cain