Reading Update

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve read and finished a fiction book. About half of the books I’ve read or started so far this year have been nonfiction – quite a few books about the job search and two memoirs. I’ve realized I like memoirs quite a bit – it’s interesting to read the true stories of peoples’ lives.

I have a list of books to read that I’ve kept since 2007, and there are books on there I’ve been meaning to read for ages and still haven’t gotten around to. There are way too many good books out there and too little time. Even if I spent every second of every day reading, I don’t think I’d actually be able to read all the books I wanted to read, plus the books on my list. As a matter of fact, the fiction books I have read so far this year have not been on my list. I randomly picked them up off the library shelves because they looked cool or sounded good.

I’m currently reading David D. Burns’s Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy which was published in 1980 and is considered a classic in the field of psychology. It’s appropriate for any human being, really, although it’s geared towards those who suffer from depression and low self-esteem. Even though the book was published eight years before I was born, it’s like the author knows my thought process so accurately it’s kind of scary. That gave me greater incentive to change that negative thought process so I can feel better about myself.

What I most like about the book is that the methods within it have nothing to do with medication. I think that we rely on medication too much in today’s society; there’s a pill for everything, and even the most minor symptom can be evidence of a major disease. Any method of healing that doesn’t involve chemicals makes me feel better.

In the near future, I plan on reading more YA novels, since that’s the genre I enjoy writing. I also wanted to read more books about religion, faith, and prayer, and quite possibly get to read and finish books that have been sitting on my shelves at home for years. Now… if only there were more hours in the day!

9 thoughts on “Reading Update

  1. That book sounds interesting for me, too. I have a book pile but find myself prioritising to newer books that I cannot wait to read. But I’ve stopped myself buying more books so I can read the rest on the book pile. But that has resulted in a long list of books to buy :P.
    Your new blog look is fab! I especially love the title.

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  2. Ooh . . . sparkly new page. 😉

    You’re right. You will never be able to read all the books that are waiting to be read. That’s why I stop reading books that don’t hook me in the first 25 pages.

    As you may have read in my Clean (Book) Plate Club post:

    * Unlike turning away (mid-sentence) from a tedious speaker, returning an unappealing book to the shelf unread is not rude.

    * Unless someone is holding a gun to my head, or I’m being compensated for my time, I see no reason to keep turning pages that offer me nothing in return.

    * No longer a dewy-eyed optimist, I refuse to believe that tedious writing, ill-formed characters, and laborious story lines will transform themselves if I forge ahead.

    * Slogging through swamp water to reach a distant destination holds little appeal. I no longer expect to be surprised by a satisfactory ending after a dismal start.

    If I don’t like the way a book tastes after sampling a few bites, I spit it out . . . as discretely as possible. 😉

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