We are counting down the days till we make the long pilgrimage home for the holidays next weekend. I have been busy preparing things that I need to bring with me such as gifts for friends and family, craft projects I have to finish there becuase that’s where the Joann.com order is being shipped to, the iPod playlists, and reading material for the flights/airports. Though I have some Ambien for the long flight from Tokyo to Chicago (Okinawa to Tokyo and Chicago to D.C. are each only 2-3 hours) I have heard stories of the Ambien not working and if that happens to me on the long flight I need to be prepared. I am still reading “The Pillars of the Earth” but am hoping that my December issues of Elle Magazine, Vanity Fair next weeks New Yorker arrive in time for me to take them. Each time I go to the store I have to turn away from VF & Elle and remind myself that my copies are on their way.
There was a book I flipped through a few years ago called “So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading” by Sara Nelson. Nelson is now the Editor-In-Chief for Publishers Weekly. Sara challenged herself to read a book a week for one year (2002). She says that people asked the same question all the time. “How do you choose your books?” She wrote, “Less than a week into my project, I can now tell them the beginning of the truth. I don’t always choose the books, I’ll say. Sometimes the books choose me.” I completely share this belief. Due to what you are experiencing in your life at any given time can influence what you choose to read.
I have an idea for a “project” of my own and will post about it soon but for now, I would like to ask you this question: “Can you make it through the week without picking up a book and reading even a little bit?” I sure can’t! It would be impossible in the place I am in, in my life right now. I love to read, learn and explore our literary world. I have always loved to read and hope to always love and enjoy this wonderful gift we as humans are given.