Self Improvement

As I work on preparing for my interview tomorrow, I got to thinking about not just my professional weaknesses, but my personal ones as well. And i came up with this, in my reading world.

I need to take time to read more slowly and listen to all the words to feel more than just the story. I’m always sad when a book ends because I went through it too quickly. And I need to be more thoughtful of collections of words, and find ways for them to inspire me on a more regular basis. I need to underline, highlight, or take notes, since I hate writing in books. There’s too much to say at the end of a book. I need to be more reflective in the process of reading. A stack of books does not daunt me, but the thought of forgetting the moments in them does. This will help me be the more thoughtful reader I hoped to become through blogging. My new goal is to intermittently revisit books that meant a great deal to me to remember what magic they possessed the first time, and find new things as well. And, of course, I will write on my journey to enhance the experience.

Books to Revisit:

  • The Secret Life of Bees
  • The Poisonwood Bible
  • The Namesake
  • The Interpreter of Maladies
  • Bel Canto
  • Little Women
  • Traveling with Pomegranates
  • Dante’s Inferno
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, just cuz the movie’s coming out!

Do you speed through books, or spend more time with them? Does re-reading drive you nuts?

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” – Anaïs Nin

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2 responses

  1. I always read through them too quickly. I love re-reading them though! It reminds me why they were so great in the first place. And I’m reading the last Harry Potter and oh man it’s amazing. I forgot how good it was. And it’s the same with Pride and Prejudice. Hope your interview goes well! 😉

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