Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Times and Seasons
I've been reading this summer, and I'm getting through many of the books I wanted to read this summer. I also noticed that I'm not reading as much as I usually do. This prompted a little panic and anxiety on my part, so I went to my handwritten book log that I've kept for the past 15 years (which is a priceless jewel to me), to look at how much I read and when. Across the board, EVERY YEAR my reading slows down over the summer! In a way that made me feel a bit better, but then I started to wonder why? So, I read A LOT from Thanksgiving to Christmas. I think it's the cold that drives me indoors? Is there more to it?
Most summers I travel, and can't always read in planes, trains, and automobiles (ha, ha), because I'm a big motion-sickness person. I hate it, but there it is. Sometimes I can read in a moving vehicle, but usually I can not. Also, over the past two summers, I have taught multiple online courses that have made me sit in one place so much that I'm always dying to get outside! I always have two or three books on me at any given time, but I can't always say that I want to read and ignore my surroundings. I really AM a book person, but I have definitely noticed that I'm just not reaching for a book as much as usual.
Now that I know it's just a "phase" or season for me, and that once Thanksgiving to Christmas rolls around I'll be reading stacks, I'm a bit more calm. I suppose I can go back out into the sunshine and just enjoy playing for a bit!
How about you? Do you read more at a certain time of year? Is anyone else out there struggling to read as much as you usually do this summer, and why do you think that happens for you?