Reading is Fundamental

As a minimalist, I still own many books. I did a post a while back about getting rid of many books. I did the hard thing and I took at least 150 books to Half Price Books…and got $5 for them. (Yes, I was slightly annoyed. I should have given them away for free.) Even with getting so many books out of my house, I kept the books that I truly like and that Bean will enjoy as she gets older.

I know there is a lot to be said about owning a Kindle or even a smartphone with e-book reading capabilities. When Bean and I are traveling, this is what we use. It is more convenient than carrying 10 books we really like around from one airport to the next. However, when I am home, I truly love holding a book in my hands.

My brothers and I grew up in a home where we did not watch T.V. It was not allowed, and we didn’t own one, so there was no temptation to sneak in and watch T.V. when our parents were not around. We read and read and read. Some of my best memories of summertime are of going to the library, signing up for the reading contest, reading day and night and finishing a book or two a day. I would make a tent on my bed and hibernate there finishing book after book. I remember reading many books in the Anne of Green Gables series in just this manner.

I can’t imagine curling up with my smartphone and reading to my heart’s content. No. It just is NOT the same thing. If that means I own more actual books than most minimalists on the web, so be it. I believe that reading is fundamental to my personal identity.

There are many quotes that I like to think about when I about my love of reading:

  1. Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it is too dark to read. – Groucho Marx
  2. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go! – Dr. Seuss
  3. Reading 15 minutes of a good book daily will change your life. – Doug Olson

For many years, I have read numerous books simultaneously. I thought most people did this until I started talking to them about my habit. They were all surprised. It isn’t hard. I don’t get confused. I was surprised more people don’t do it.

It is quite simple really. I get up early in the morning and I read something of a spiritual nature to get my day going in a positive direction. When I am on the bus headed to work, I read a different book on my phone. At lunch, if I am not researching something on the internet, I read another book I leave at my desk. I may have an audio book that I listen to as I clean the house or as I walk running errands. It really isn’t hard. The hard thing is to keep my reading list manageable.

Because of the vast amount that I read and the great information I come across, I wanted a way to share. I created a Youtube channel: Myspoclife Dotcom . I invite you to watch my not at all professional videos where I talk about some book that I have read and enjoyed and why. While I am getting used to being in front of the camera and looking at myself, I will keep the videos short. I hope that by doing the videos I will be able to keep track of some of the books that I have really enjoyed reading. I also hope to inspire you to read more and share what you are reading with others. As always, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the videos. I need feedback in order to improve.

3 Comments on “Reading is Fundamental

  1. I’m surprised when I find out people don’t read. We’re big readers. My neighbors, not so much. They were concerned because their son wasn’t really taking to reading in school. My son had been in a daycare that had a separate phonics session that we put him in. She figured that was why my son was such a good reader. No, it’s because we read to him. A lot. When he was a little guy, he’d bring over one book after another. I’d probably read a dozen books to him every day. I still read to him occasionally and he’s 9.

    • People who don’t read surprise me too. I can’t imagine not picking up a book.
      Good job with your son. He will continue to discover whole new worlds.

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