I was listening to the podcast Happier yesterday (with Gretchen Rubin), which is a podcast I would say I listen to fairly often but not religiously. I have been enjoying it quite a bit lately, however, and listened in after my shower yesterday (one of my favorite podcast listening times).
I think I mentioned once before that her #21for2021 movement for this year focuses on READING for at least 21 minutes per day, everyday, in 2021. I adopted that as one of my 21 for 2021 list items. (Here’s her post about it- I highly encourage anyone that likes to read but wishes they did it more often to JOIN IN!!! 21 minutes flies by, and it’s just enough that you can really make progress if you do it every day. She did the math- 21 minutes per day= 168 hours of reading in the whole year! Plus, once you start, you’re more likely to read even more…..I’ve definitely been exceeding 21 minutes most days! And loving it.)
Anyway, on the podcast she and her co-host/sister were discussing the reading challenge and they brought up a few book debate questions. Such a fun topic! Here are my answers:
1- Do you read multiple books at once?
Kind of. I had been doing this more toward the end of 2020, but started to feel like it was slowing me down. Like, I felt that I wasn’t progressing on EITHER book (due to all the switching back and forth), which I found discouraging. So far in 2021, I have been just reading one at a time and I’m enjoying the feeling of actually getting through the books more quickly. I do like the idea of reading, say, a non-fiction in the morning and fiction later in the day. But I don’t really have a lot of time to read in the mornings (due to my journaling/ blogging habits!). If I did have more free time in the a.m. though, that would be my preference.
2- Do you use bookmarks?
I JUST started using them!! I have been a long time “dog-earer”. But for some reason, I grabbed one of the kids’ bookmarks recently and have been using it- and I love it! There is something really lovely to me about sliding a nice, sturdy bookmark in between the pages of the book as I close it. I actually think that I might want to start a bookmark collection!! This would be a perfect little thing to pick up when we travel, and would be easy to store. I think I would get a lot of joy out of rotating through cool bookmarks with images of places we’ve visited, or even just neat quotes or something on them. 🙂
3- Do you mark up books? (i.e. Notes, highlight, etc.)
Well, in college I was the QUEEN of highlighting. Seriously, I think my books had more passages highlighted than not highlighted. lol. But nowadays, I would say no. I don’t know, even if I own the book I just feel funny about writing in the pretty, clean pages. When I read non-fiction I do like to keep a notebook nearby and make notes though. I also kind of like the idea, now that I’m reading more fiction again, of maybe looking up “book club” questions for a specific book (even if I’m not reading it for a book club) and jotting down notes/thinking about/answering the questions by myself. Just sounds kind of fun to me! Nerd alert.
4- Do you put down a book if you don’t like it?
RARELY. I can’t actually think of a time that I have done this. I guess I usually feel that I need to give it a chance. Or that maybe the best part is right around the corner! I’m not strictly opposed to it, though. Under the right circumstances, I’m sure I would.
5- Do you read books on your phone? Kindle? Or always paper?
I really, really, really prefer paper books. I tried this fall to get into keeping a book going on my phone, with the idea that I could then read anytime, anywhere. (Not necessarily as my primary book, but like a secondary option, so I could read instead of scrolling social media). I just found I really did not like reading on my phone. We do have a Kindle fire, but I haven’t tried reading on it lately. I am bothered some by the screen light- I look at a computer/ my phone so much as is, that I don’t really want to look at it when I’m reading, too. But I know real e-readers have that paper/ no back light setting- so that might work for me.
What about you? What are your answers to the above debate questions?
I am grateful for an evening walk during Asher’s swim practice. I was in a bit of a flustered/ crabby mood for various reasons, and the cold air felt refreshing. The sky was beautiful too.