Reading Chris’ blog made me wonder. I have introduced a fair few rules in my lifestyle, not just to test my husband’s patience, but to control my human nature. I am doing them for a good reason, and not because I just love rules!
1. Lunch or dinner must be carb free. I know I have the ability to collect the bad kind of pounds, so this is diet control.
2. I’m in bed before 10.30 on a ‘school night’. I’m a nightmare if I lack sleep so this one’s good for all!
3. I don’t watch the news. Catching the headlines on the radio once a day is enough and doesn’t depress me like televisual images of trouble and horror tend to.
4. Every appointment must go in my diary. I write it down so I don’t have to remember it.
5. I blog once a week. This rule is a little flexible – let’s say it’s written in snowfall. Content posted could fail to appear some weeks (years - kidding!)
Thinking about it, I don’t have any real rules to guide me on my journey diving into a new or old book. Reading isn’t a game; it’s a pastime, unless you’re into reading competitions, of course! The Summer Reading Challenge has multiple rules attached… Apart from that, life’s too short for rule-abiding in books.
- I re-read.
- I borrow and buy.
- I pass good one (and sometimes bad ones) on – bad ones to strangers in places I don’t want the extra luggage, good ones to friends or family.
- I will try different genres. I surprised myself enjoying 'Rebecca', a classic, and have been more open to older literature since.
I try to mix up genres and authors as I go, but this is less of a rule, more of a preference. I became sick of John Grisham when I was a teenager for reading his law court based dramas back-to back. I tend to prioritise books my mum recommends (she has good taste and knows what I’ll like), but again, this is nothing like a hard, or even soft, rule.
As long as you’re enjoying reading, that’s the main thing.
Now, off to Amazon… well, it IS World Book Day!
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