Do you have a reading plan?
I will die without having read all the books I want to read, or even all the books I should have read.
That’s simply the probability.
It’s possible they’ll extend life significantly…perhaps if what makes me me can be digitized and still be self aware, I might have a very much longer time than would now appear reasonable.
That seems unlikely.
Even more unlikely is that I stop wanting to read books. 😉
Given that, I now shy away from having a “reading plan”.
What’s a reading plan?
It’s when you have a set goal:
- “I will read every Hugo best novel”
- “I will read every book in the Great Books of the Western World series”
- “I will read a book written by an author from each country in the United Nations”
I used to do that sort of thing, and I think that may be more common when you have a longer life expectancy in front of you.
Certainly, I completed some things like that.
I read all 181 of the original Doc Savage adventures.
I read an unabridged dictionary cover to cover…not quite the same thing, but that was a plan.
Now, I’m more aware that my time is limited…no reason to think that’s a near future thing, in case you are concerned (and thank you if you are), but it can happen at any time.
If I was following a plan like that, and there were twenty books in that group and I died having read nineteen…well, I can’t face that idea. 😉
So, I tend to bounce around.
I’ve mentioned before that I’ve gotten value out of every book I’ve read. I don’t think I’ve ever regretted reading a book.
I think it’s good for me to shake up my thinking…to try things I might not otherwise have tried.
That may be one of the best things books can do for you.
That means I’ll read books where I really don’t know how good they’ll be ahead of time, perhaps because I have no relevant experience with which to judge them.
That might be as simple as reading an author of which I’ve never heard.
It could be an entire genre I’ve never explored…although that’s not super likely. When I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore, I suggested to my employees that they read a book from each section in the store, to be able to better help customers. I suggested they ask a regular for a suggestion.
I did that myself, and discovered some interesting things that way!
That’s when I first read
two authors I enjoyed.
On reflection, I did read them because of a plan…to read a book from each section in the store. That was a plan that promoted eclecticism, but it was a definite plan. I would have been disappointed if I had almost completed that task, and then became incapacitated. I wouldn’t want to be aware of the goal, and know I wasn’t going to reach it.
I’m sure for a lot of you that’s silly. Not embarking on a quest because you might fail may seem…I’ll go with timorous, although some might use a stronger word like cowardly.
I think one of the differences for me is that I don’t need a linear goal to stay focused. I’m not a linear thinker, really…I love chaos.
I also love organization (like alphabetizing shelves), but I think that may be because it isn’t natural for me. I’m fascinated by timelines, although I don’t have a good sequentially chronological memory.
I’ve lost about forty pounds (over the course of maybe a couple of years…it’s been a good, safe pace) using the MyFitnessPal app (which I reviewed in this blog).
For me, though, it’s important not to have a “goal weight”. I just want to do it because it is good for me (and by extension, for others…my family, my co-workers, my readers, who benefit in some way from me being here and well functioning).
If I set a goal, I’d get more frustrated with my progress…and what would happen when I reached it? What if I’d underestimated the weight loss which would be healthy? What if I got in great shape, but I actually started gaining weight at some point because of muscle mass increase?
No, I don’t think that’s the best approach for most people, but for me, not having a goal makes me more likely to stick to something.
What about you? Do you have a reading plan? Do you mind sharing it? I’m sure some of my other readers might appreciate it…even be inspired by it. What reading plans have you accomplished in the past? Feel free to tell me and my readers by commenting on this post.
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