Ding. Into the ring we go for round two of #nerdlution. I took a few hits in round one, but managed to stay on my feet. I read 50 minutes of fiction most nights. Each evening I tried to be done with school work as well as day to day chores by 9 p.m. so I could begin reading. The first few nights I would watch the clock for my 50 minutes to be done; not because I wasn't enjoying the time, but because I felt like the clock owned me. I didn't really enjoy this feeling and thought about how our students must feel when we give them "assigned times" to read. After I realized #nerdlution was a bit flexible, I decided to quit clock watching and just read each night. Before I knew it I was reading for much longer periods of time.
What I Learned
I'd consider myself more of a nonfiction reader, but I was reminded during the challenge how much I miss getting lost in a story. I had missed meeting new characters and making them a part of my life for a few days. Reading fiction also gave me a chance to catch up with all my #nerdybookclub friends who manage to read for hours each day and keep up on all the latest books. Without Karen Terlecky, Katherine Sokolowski, Katie Strawser and Stephanie Shouldis I would have been lost.
During the event I created a "tissue book rating scale." It seemed every book I read somehow had me in tears before the end of the story. Here are a few examples:
- The Center of Everything: 4 tissues out of 5 (grandma stories get me every time)
- Counting by 7s: 4 tissues out of 5 (tears for sadness and joy in this one)
- The First Phone Call from Heaven: 2 tissues out of 5 (who wouldn't want to get a call from someone they miss, but….)
- The Book Thief : 5 tissues (I had to leave the room as I was worried I'd wake my husband I was crying so much.)
During round one I was enjoying reading fiction, but I was also not entirely happy with my #nerdlution. While I was getting to know characters, my nonfiction reading pile was growing. I wanted to read The Power of Quiet, Thinking Fast and Slow, and Becoming Scientists. I was also missing spending time with the blogs I enjoy stopping by to read and comment. There are only so many hours in a day and deciding how to use them is a trick.
This time around I want to be able to diversify my reading a bit. I want to keep growing the number of fiction books I read, but I also need to have time for nonfiction and blog posts. I'm going to find time to read each day and will continue to work toward being done with everything by 9 so I can curl up to read. However, some days just don't work like that so I may have to find my time in a different part of my day. Each week at the #nerdlution round-up Michele is hosting on Thursdays, in keeping with my #olw DISCOVER, I'll share a book and a blog post I discovered in the previous week. We'll call it my #BooksandBlogsDiscoveryTour.
Most of all, I look forward to laughing and learning with everyone tweeting about their triumphs and road blocks. If you'd like to join, stop by Colby's blog to link to the event.