Reading is Hard

Reading too much too early and falling out of love

As a kid, I was a voracious reader. In elementary school, the Advanced Reader (AR) program was a stimulus to read books. My third grade teacher had a board with a board with paper cartoon dog bowls with each of our names on it. By reading and taking taking tests, you could get AR points to be redeemed for prizes. I was so proud that my bowl was simply overflowing.

As an adult, I hardly have (or make) the opportunity to read any more. Lugging around books is a hassle and I'm continuously reading the excrement of the working world (emails). Reading has become a chore. It isn't well integrated with what I do and the sudden swap from reading for work and reading for pleasure is, frankly, unpleasant.

One of the ways that I've been getting back into reading is electronically, for all the pros and cons that method brings. Two programs are what I use: Calibre and an Amazon Kindle, Paperwhite Edition. Having a dedicated digital library and digital medium to read has streamlined the process and I've been reading more since I left high school.

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