Bookfest Friday wrapped up a year ago this coming May. I can’t believe it’s been eleven months since we concluded our year-long reading of two books a week! It was intense and wonderful. I was just talking to my husband a few nights ago about how much I grew during that season of deep reading, especially with all the non-fiction work I processed through. It reminds me of how Joseph Campbell spent his early twenties reading for NINE HOURS a day, broken up into chunks of time.
No wonder he was so brilliant.
He talks about the process in his book, The Hero's Journey:
So during the years of the Depression I had arranged a schedule for myself. When you don’t have a job or anyone to tell you what to do, you’ve got to fix one for yourself. I divided the day into four four-hour periods, of which I would be reading in three of the four-hour periods, and free one of them.
By getting up at eight o’clock in the morning, by nine I could sit down to read. That meant I used the first hour to prepare my own breakfast and take care of the house and put things together in whatever shack I happened to be living in at the time. Then three hours of that first four-hour period went to reading.
Then came an hour break for lunch and another three-hour unit. And then comes the optional next section. It should normally be three hours of reading and then an hour out for dinner and then three hours free and an hour getting to bed so I’m in bed by twelve.
On the other hand, if I were invited out for cocktails or something like that, then I would put the work hour in the evening and the play hour in the afternoon.
It worked very well. I would get nine hours of sheer reading done a day. And this went on for five years straight.
Wow. Think of all the learning that takes place with a reading schedule like that. That sounds brilliant.
As for you and me, even though Bookfest Friday is long over for us, I hope you're still reading diligently and enjoying the process.
My pace slowed by about half, averaging right around a book a week, but I continue to dive in, and I'm loving it.
Here are some of my reads over the past eleven months, both fiction and non-fiction.
I’ve rated them 1-5, with 5 an “awesome!” and a 1 a “I wish I had passed.”
Here they are:
The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon (5+) F
Contagious Optimism by David Mezzapelle (1) NF
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (5) F
Siren by Kiera Cass (1) F
1001 Ways to Market Your Books by John Kremer (2) NF
Collard by Nicole Williams (1-) F
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma (5+) NF
God Space by Doug Pollock (2) NF
The Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (3) F
Let Food be Thy Medicine by Don Colbert (4) NF
The Summer of Great-Grandmother by Madeleine L’Engle (5+) NF
The Life You Were Born to Live by Dan Millman (1, but I LOVE his book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior) NF
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany (4) F
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom (5+) NF
The Winter of Fire by Sherryl Jordan (5+) F
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist (5+) NF
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (3) F
Love Wins by Rob Bell (5+) NF
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (4) F
Sex God by Rob Bell (5) NF
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown (5) NF
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (4) F
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (4) NF
Everything, Everything by (3) Nicola Yoon
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern (4) F
A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers (5) F
An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers (5) F
As Sure as the Dawn by Francine Rivers (4) F
I Dare You by William Danforth (5) NF
A Better Way to Live By Og Mandino (5+) NF
The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino (5) F
The Greatest Secret in the World by Og Mandino (5) NF
The Choice by Og Mandino (5+) F
The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino (5) F
The Return of the Ragpicker by Og Mandino (5) F
It has been a lovely eleven months. My nightstand holds about a dozen more books which I'm halfway through, and my desk shelf ... oh my ... it's covered it a stack of titles I'm salivating over! But I'll tell you about all those reads later.
In the meantime, be on your toes, everyone! Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day! My husband always tries to get me. It started with my mother-in-law. She's so tricksie. Now it's a family thing, and I kinda like it.
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! ;)