Get Back to Reading Good Work

Reading challenges scare me. But I realized in December 2015 that I hadn’t read nearly enough already-published literature in 2015.

I was a book club drop out who mostly read on planes.

So this year I decided two fiction and one non per month. That’s 3 books a month for a 2016 total of 36. Here’s where I stand Mid-March:

January:

Disrupt Yourself (nonfiction), Whitney Johnson

Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty

Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin, Liesl Shurtliff

February:

All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

The Guest Room, Chris Bohjalian

No Ordinary Disruption (nonfiction), Richard Dobbs and James Manyika (in progress)

March:

White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess In Between, Judy Batalion (in progress)

Dark Currents: Agent of Hel, Jacqueline Carey (in progress)

So trucking right along.

My sources for books are the new book club I joined, recommended reads on my Kindle, the dusty now-full shelf of unread books in my library, and the Business Books wish list I keep on amazon.com. I add to that whenever someone quotes a book in an article I’m reading.

I also thought to join Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf, a Goodreads book club reading feminist literature, but I haven’t been able to get the first three books read. I’ll try again in April.

What I’m learning is that reading takes time and that my time is pretty well spent building my business, writing, and spending time with Charlie and Hollie. The 36 books goal may have been too ambitious. Or maybe I’m just too annoyed by the book club books to be enjoying the 36 book goal.

Also, nonfiction takes more time. It requires thought and notes and discussion and I find I’m interested in the subject but no one else is reading it (except me) and so I’m not able to get discussion going on it.

I’m going to start reading nonfiction in the strain of my own nonfiction efforts: redefining work. So the next non-fiction will be Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It by Cali Ressler and Jodi Thompson. And since the book club selection is a memoir (cue gag reflex) I’ll count that as nonfiction and pick up another fiction selection this month.

Reviews/insights to come.