Dates: July 21 – July 28
I’m going to keep this short: through college, my love for reading was stifled by constant assignments and the fact that I was spending most of my free time online. Once an avid reader, I was now paying careful attention to how many more pages I had to read and much less attention to what I was actually reading. In addition, I was getting most of my information from the internet, and anytime I needed to learn, I would Wikipedia a topic. It was just a faster way to acquire knowledge.
Or was it? Since graduating and during college breaks, I would read sporadically, and enjoy it 99% of the time. I often read on subway rides, in waiting rooms, etc, but never deliberately, at home. Reading a book is a much different experience than reading online, but up till now, I’ve only had a vague idea why: it’s more meditative, the writing is of a much higher quality, and so on. This week, I’ll find out exactly why. When I was a kid and would get bored, I’d read. This week, I’m going back to that. I have tons of great books I’ve bought over the last few years, and this week, I’m going to read them for exactly an hour a day. I’m convinced that reading books is better than reading online, and this week, I’m going to find out why.
Challenge: I will read for at least an hour a day until (and including) next Sunday. I will log reading time daily, and general thoughts throughout the week.
I’ll keep a short log of my impressions, and will write back around next Sunday. I have a feeling I’m going to quantify a lot of the vague thoughts I have about why reading is awesome.