Leisure Reading

Okay you probably read the title and rolled your eyes. And it was the ‘why is she talking’ kind of eye roll. I mean, who has the time? When you’re juggling your academic life, social life, and your work life, it’s pretty tough to find time to do something as trivial as reading for fun. Does anyone even do that anymore?

Well, I do. And it’s been calming to sit down and actually just read something for fun and not because it was assigned. You can delve yourself into a new world and a different perspective without doing anything more than really engaging in the text. Whether you want to learn or to forget, it’s up to the reader. I love watching TV in my spare time (if I have any) but I believe that reading will definitely benefit me more so I’ve been trying to change the habit of sitting in front of the screen to opening up a new book. The Roesch library has a pretty great collection of books for all readers and so whichever genre you find yourself enjoying, the library should have something available for you to read.

As for those of you who are trying to decide where to find time for leisure reading, it’s pretty simple. Instead of using your phone for entertainment all the time, why not carry a book around? So that if there’s a break in between a class and you don’t have anything to work on, pop out that book (you could also try keeping a book in the bathroom..). And I try to do this almost every night where instead of falling asleep to my phone screen, I try to open up a book for at least a good 20 minutes and get something in. I think it’s better to have read something (even if it’s a short time) rather than nothing. Ultimately, you're the one who decides what you'll be doing in your spare time, so spend it wisely. No matter how busy you are, you'll still have a little bit of time to squeeze in a good book. 

For those of you who need a little motivation to pop a book open, here are a few good quotes on reading:

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. - William Styron

You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you’ve lost a friend. - Paul Sweeney

Some books leave us free and some books make us free. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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