Giving Me the Permission To Read

I know it sounded silly, I mean, I LOVE to read. It is my hobby. And as I writer I could even categorize it under research. BUT lately I haven’t been able to do it. I get a somehow guilty feeling when I got lost in a book. Perhaps because I didn’t feel I have done enough work in that day, or perhaps I was thinking that reading is somewhat an indulgence.

It is quite scary for me when I realized that I haven’t been reading that much last year!

Lucky for me, a couple of weeks back, Amle came up with an idea to read a book every week. I’m thinking, this was probably the kind of motivation I have been looking for!!! So I joined her, along with some friends from my Plurk circle, and now I can proudly say: I’m right back on track with my reading *happydance*.

It’s not that hard to do, given that I could actually read the thickest Harry Potter book in a day. It’s just lately I have been hesitating to get immersed in a book. Now I have another reason to do it. A permission, that it was something I had to do, with a deadline set in my head.

Along the way, I also became more motivated to write and edit (even more reason to do a happydance 😉 ). I used to find it funny when someone had to give themselves permission to do ‘fun’ things. But, you know what, sometimes that’s exactly what we need. Not a kick in a back to force me to move forward, but a gentle helping hand to motivate me ;).

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  1. Cat February 22, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    You know I have joined the book a week program for addicted readers 😛
    But due to my computer problems I haven’t listed what I read. Oh well.
    Yay for permissions to read!

    1. astrid February 25, 2010 at 10:09 am

      oh please do post them when you have time and your computer is all well again :). I’ll be looking forward to read them!

  2. Amle February 22, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Nice to hear that you’re getting something out from this book-a-week thing. I have to say that thanks to other people joining me I have been more inspired too.
    Maybe we should have a little update and see what books we have gone through some day soon 😀

    1. astrid February 25, 2010 at 10:11 am

      Yep, definitely! You telling me you’ve finished your book gets me running :P. I planned to do book reviews too, but the books I read the past two weeks was not very inspiring to write reviews about. I’ll try to think of a way to do it though ;).


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