As part of my original blog, I religiously kept a log of books I read. When I began keeping track, my reading life took off, particularly after I read Reading Like a Writer by Francine Pose. I finally recognized that what I read is just as important as what I write if I am ever to be a successful writer. It is still true. Unfortunately, as I became so focused on my classes, I simply didn’t read quite as much. Fortunately, I still read to keep up with book club and a few of my writing courses.
Even though I did keep reading over the last couple of years, I do feel as though I’m starting over as an intentional reader. I used to plan my reading. There was a method, although I wouldn’t be able to fully describe it. I wish I had kept better track of what I read over these last few years, although I may attempt to recreate the list (thanks to my book club lists and an old syllabus or two). It will be interesting to see how well I succeed.
There is another component to all of this though relating to my theme of “home.” I have a fairly large personal library that needs to be cataloged and organized. I need to somehow manage working my way through my personal library, both traditional books and e-books, with discovering new authors and titles. So many books, so little time.