I get really frustrated by the constant lure of screens in this modern age. As much as I want to read good books and occupy my mind with useful things, I find that the addictive nature of the entertainment world is hard to resist, especially at the end of tiring, baby-filled day. All I want to do is find a documentary on Iplayer and get into bed. Fortunately, the reading challenge that I set for 2016 has given me a real motivation to delve into books instead, even if Danny is watching something on the TV next to me. I have really enjoyed the feeling of achievement it has given me. Reading activates your brain in ways that TV and internet do not, so it is worth unplugging yourself from screens, even if you only manage once a week! Here is a little update for you on the challenge so far…
…In January, I set myself the goal of reading a book that I have been meaning to read for years. So, at extremely long last, I finished ‘my Everest’ of books: Don Quixote. It was over 1000 pages long, had 669 characters and took me no less than three years to complete. Whenever I mentioned to Danny that I was reading it he would recoil and say “Are you still reading that?!” Needless to say, he is never going to read it. It’s one of those books that I did not particularly enjoy reading at the time but I am really pleased that I have completed it, if that makes sense? It feels like an important book in the history of literature and was definitely very funny in places. I am very keen on totting up more of the classics so I plan to read The Pilgrim’s Progress next.
…In February, my challenge was to read a complete book of poetry so I chose The Colossus by Sylvia Plath. She wrote this collection of poetry when she was about my age, which is quite a sobering thought! Her skills of observation and sparkling intelligence jump off every page and it always makes me sad that she ended her life so early because I’m sure that she was capable of much more fantastic work. Having said that, I must admit that I preferred The Bell Jar and her diaries and letters. Her poetry is quite difficult to understand and is not very rhythmic so I did not find it an altogether easy read but it has inspired me to write a bit more poetry myself. I used to quite like writing the odd poem and I think I might write Jacob a little poem for his birthday in March. It’s probably better than watching TV at any rate!
So that’s how I’m getting on so far. In March I am going to read a book that has won the Man Booker prize so I need to go and have a look at the list of winners and make my choice. Do you struggle to switch off the TV/internet and make time for reading? I’d love to know how you squeeze more reading time in!