So I have this new goal: to read a book a week. I read this article a long while ago, and had thought about it, but decided it wasn't really a goal I needed to set for myself. After all, I read plenty. I don't need to set such a lofty goal. And I didn't want to turn reading into some sort of chore that I felt obligated to do.
But lately, I haven't been reading as much. (Well, with the exception of the six days I spent doing nothing but reading Harry Potter). And I miss reading. What's more, I've been wanting to establish more of a routine for myself. I think it'll be much easier to get up and establish a routine in the morning if I know I get to wake up and read for an hour. Doesn't that sound lovely? Since I have later classes, it just means getting up around 9 instead of 10 or 11. I can totally do that.
Also, I think it'd be rewarding to read a book a week. On weeks that are busy I can read a poetry collection. And maybe some week during a break I'll drop everything and read Moby Dick. I like that it's flexible like that. But still, at the end of the week, I'd know that I'd read a whole book. Which is something to be happy about, no matter what the rest of the week was like.
But there's another reason I wanted to do this. I found when I was reading Harry Potter that it helped a lot with homesickness. I'm not really that homesick. I'm very happy where I am. But I have moments of crippling homesickness. I found that reading seriously minimized it. I'm not sure I can explain why exactly, but I think that it's because characters in a book are some sort of friends and family that I can intimately connect to, which is what I miss most about home. So I'm going to keep reading a book a week, because I like the way it alleviates homesickness.
So there we go. This week's was the last 3 Harry Potters. I'm not sure what I'll read next. We'll wait and see. Wish me luck.