I am a voracious and varied reader with dozens of books on the go at the same time. As I look around the room I am in I see, “Building Trust” ~ Robert Solomon , ‘Challenge Coaching” ~ John Blakey, “Do Over” ~ Jon Acuff, “The Circle Way” ~ Christina Baldwin, “The Book of God” ~ Wangerin, “Seizing White Space” ~ ~ Mark Johnson, “Modern Proverbs” ~ Glenn Ashton, “Surprised by Scripture” ~ NT Wright, “Higher Ed” ~ Tessa McWatt, and “Together” ~ Richard Sennett. They are all in various stages of being consumed, some I started yesterday and some were first opened in January. That is one room. I tend to spread my books from room to room, so I can always have something to pick up and pick up where I left off. My eReader has 150 books, mostly all finished, but likely a dozen that I will finish soon, or not. I have wrestled through the need to close the last page on books that aren’t appealing, not well written or aren’t teaching me something. I can just leave them unfinished and put them in the pile for a charity book sale.
I read all over the house, all over the map, all over genres. My greatest strength is the ability to pull disparate ideas and quotes from one place and synthesize them, weld them to ideas that I gleaned somewhere else. This can create a remarkable set of new opportunities. My greatest weakness is the ability to pull disparate ideas and quotes from one place and synthesize them, weld them to ideas that I gleaned somewhere else. This can create a remarkable mess. Either way, I have fun and my mind has so far managed the dissonance without complete insanity.
What are you reading? How do you read? Are you a grazer? a gulper? a lingerer?
Do you start and finish one book at a time? Do you have favorites? Do you keep shelves of books or circulate them quickly?
Make Today Remarkable, by reading a book,