Had any “reader’s guilt” lately?

Feeling stressed about making sure you read the “right” books? All the newest books? Counting how many you’ve finished recently; trying to keep up with the latest challenge?

Are you keeping up?

Or have you actually started to find the most satisfaction (and, truth be told: frustration) in compiling the next list, struggling to complete each challenge?

We’re here to remind you that, despite what that nagging reader’s guilt may be telling you, reading is not a competition.

If your reading goal has become simply adding another title to your “books I’ve read” list, maybe it’s time to step back and remember why you fell in love with the act of reading in the first place. Was it perhaps learning new things, gaining new perspectives, meeting new characters? Or following plot twists, traveling to distant or fantastical places . . . or to completely different time periods? Or is it the quiet joy of reveling in the beauty of the words themselves? My guess is that it was some combination of all these downright magical things.

There is so much to be gained from the simple-seeming act of reading words on a page, but it can be surprisingly easy to lose sight of that magic.

Would you like to reclaim the joy of reading for its own sake?

Instead of rushing through to the end just so you can tick it off your list, we want to help you find contentment in the pages of whichever book you happen to be in the middle of right now.

Your new mantra?

First: slow down and take a deep breath . . . or three. Grab your book.

Then take your cue from any contented house cat: Find your favorite comfy cozy spot and curl up for some quality quiet time.

 

“The only important thing in a book is the meaning it has for you.”

W. Somerset Maugham