Since the start of 2016 I have devoured 16 books, this is not counting the ones I speed read. I don’t count those. I write down the date I finish each book along with the title, author and my rating 1 out of 5.
It’s been an interesting experience. I look back on the weekly pages of my planners from time to time and I see from the notes I write and the happy faces or the thick cross out marks what my life was really like at that time, so now I’m able to correlate the weekly pages with what books I was reading also. I am all about learning how to improve myself on a personal level. Sometimes, it can be as simple as keeping a brief record of daily activities. Looking back to see how I dealt with situations that weren’t altogether pleasant, or even when everything seemed to be looking up!
The amount and type of books I read has changed drastically. Right now I’m reading four different books. They range from a neat NaNoWriMo inspiration book, to a textbook on computer programming. I believe that in taking the time to feed my love of writing and love of learning I am allowing myself to grow more as a person.
I am reading four books right now:
No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty– I am trying to focus on writing every day. Sometimes I get to where I love an idea so much, but then I just. stop. writing. I just stop. This book is designed to help with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), but it helps with inspiration in general too.
The Secret Miracle: The Novelist’s Handbook, edited by Daniel Alarcon –I love this book. It’s a library book, and I have been reading it in the tubby, so I’m just hoping I don’t get charged with damages. I have been trying to make time for myself lately. I’m working on getting my everyday inspiration back, so that I can sit down and write. We are all so busy, it’s hard to just make yourself do something, even if it’s something that you absolutely love to do. This is a great book, since it has the thoughts and dreams of so many wonderful authors written inside.
Watership Down by Richard Adams – I love reading books about animals. I haven’t read enough. I really enjoy reading the stories about sword welding mice with friends throughout the forest and this story about rabbits on the hunt for their own safe haven really resonates with me. Despite this book being older than me, and there being a movie version, I don’t know what happens at the end of this story. Please no spoilers. I’m taking my time with these rabbits.
Assembly Language for Intel-Based Computers by Kip R. Irvine – My husband is a computer programmer, or web developer, depends on how you like to say it. He started his own LLC recently and I am beyond proud of him. He encouraged me last year to start learning programming, but I was sunk in a hole as deep as I am tall, I just couldn’t imagine myself doing what he does on a daily basis. Now, exactly a year later, I am in a different mindset completely. I know that I can do this, if I am determined I can learn to program. It’s like learning a new language, you can’t speak fluently within a week or a month! It’s not easy, but I’m realizing it is super fun!
I love that my personal decision to jump into learning computers and programing has created a whole new aspect to my relationship with Travis. When I ask him questions, or discuss something about hexadecimals I love, he just smiles with this happiness. He’s such a smart guy and I feel so grateful and ecstatic that I get to share something entirely new with him. I feel pretty cool, even if I am only scraping the very bottom with the basics. I know it starts at the bottom, so here we go!!! Here’s to new adventures!