i used to read one book at a time. i used to read that book in a very regimented manner, like fifteen or twenty five pages a day, depending on how simple or dense the writing. i used to set a schedule and track my progress making it so i knew when i should be done with the book and if i completed the book as expected. sometimes i finished on time, and other times, i never finished at all.
the never finishing at all business bothered me. like a lot. i found that a slow moving or not right for this moment book could stall my reading, all my reading. i knew changing the book might clear the block but consequences loomed. this is the ocd side of me. while this quirk sometimes debilitated me, other times, lots of times, my quirk helped me over many of life's saw horses. i needed this to be one of those times.
so, i made a small tweak to my reading routine (somewhere along this journey, i stumbled upon the bionic power of small properly-placed tweaks). instead of focusing on one book, i now read four - six books at a time. and instead of reading in a genre rotation like i once did (e.g. fiction, history, literature, non-fiction, psychology, fluff, repeat), i read all genres at once. and instead of reading for a set amount of pages per day, i read for a set amount of time, thirty minutes. when the reading window comes up, i set the timer, pick one of the books from the currently being read stack, open to the bookmarked page and collapse into another person's world and experience.
now when i stall, i stall for bigger, more meaty causes, the sort of things one should set their book down for. not just because the lead character in the book blows or the author and i aren't jiving at the minute. this i can live with.
Stranger in a Strange Land
Robert A. Heinlein
Wherever You Go There You Are
Stumbling on Happiness
Endurance: Shackletons' Incredible Voyage
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Alan Moore / Dave Gibbbons
granted, my exposure to comics is not what it could be but this tight effort redefined what the comic genre is certainly capable of. it was much more concise, involved and intricate than any other i've come across. given its development, watchmen reads more like a novel than a funny picture book, rife with meaningful characters. moore and gibbons crafted a world that was both fantastic but possible in that good sci-fi conjecture based way. and, it's no secret that this is a major objective of the genre, both comic and sciene-fantasy.
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she doesn't appear in the mla's top 100. she appears twice in radcliffe's, more pedestrian, top 100. and lastly, she not only appears four times in mla's reader's poll, she occupies the top two spots. what more could one ask for in a recommendation.
while it took a little bit for me to embrace the work, after a few hundred pages the story took over and consumed me. don't let the fact that it took me four months to finish it because i took three months off to build a corporate website and have a child. actual invested reading time was just a few weeks for this 800 page monstrosity. i don't know if it would fall in my top five, but it would fall in my top 50, without doubt.
and, it's kind of lucky i stumbled upon her because i've been shopping around for a religion and how can one as self-serving as me turn away from a philosophy which centers on the individual, especially when that individual is me.
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"i learned long ago to not go to movies with 'sex' in the title, i'm always disappointed." i should have respected this advice from marty before delving into this book. i was told i'd love it, it's about a sex addict, they said. it's like the book was written for you. this is the beauty of our individuality. when one person hears something, they think one thing, when i hear the very same thing i think something entirely different. this was obviously the case here. don't get me wrong, the book is very good. the subject matter was handled expertly, but you don't call me to the table for a meal like that and dish up a simple porterhouse. i'm expecting a roman like feast of carnality and 2,000 plus pages of it.
again, i enjoyed it, it just fell about 500 adjectives short of what my mind had readied itself for.
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