The Literary Blog Hop is a monthly discussion hosted by The Blue Bookcase, wherein folks talk about literaSHUR-n-shiiiiiit. This month's questions are:
How do you find time to read, what's your reading style and where do you think reading literature should rank in society's priorities?
THAT IS MORE THAN ONE QUESTION, LADIES. I'm fine with it.
Ok, so. How do I find time to read? That one takes some juggling- I have one year old twins, a part-time job at a bookstore outside the home, and a part-time job as a freelance writer that I do FROM home. I (for serious) have to sometimes schedule time to read. Like, "I will read for one hour on Tuesday, when the boys are napping/trapped in the pack 'n play and I have caught up on all my deadlines." On slower weeks when I don't have much freelance work to do, I just read whenever I'm home and the boys aren't demanding my attention. I'm not a hover parent- I'm fine with letting them crawl around on the floor and play with each other without my interference. I don't know Twinspeak, anyway.
What's my reading style- uh...I read with my eyes? From left to right? I'm a marginalia-writer, so I generally have a pen in hand so I can write things like "this author is full of it" and whatnot. I also have a weird bookmark thing- I prefer mine pretty and with tassles.
Where should literature rank in society's priorities...hmm..I'm thinking somewhere below feeding starving children and somewhere above, say, obsession with Snooki's hair bump (or television in general). I can say PERSONALLY that reading literature has made me a more compassionate and, by extension, politically aware person. It's also made me more accepting of other-than-me, and changed the path of my faith toward social justice. For people like me, those who were raised in the middle class and don't have much to bitch about and tend to be snarky and judgmental, reading is essential to thawing our frozen, frozen hearts. I sincerely believe, with no sarcasm, that reading can make you a better, more loving person who is more actively engaged in society (despite the stereotypical image of readers as socially awkward people- maybe we're awkward at parties, but we Give A Damn About All the Things).
In a perfect version of Western civilization, people would read before they made the decision to watch The Bachelor (a show I find infinitely creepy), but that's not going to happen, so. I'm just going to keep evangelizing for books I love and keep contributing to literary culture through my work (most of my freelancing is literary-based) and hope that others join us. There are plenty of people out there who think reading is important- we just can't hear them over the sound of reality television.
TELL ME YOUR THINGS.