I picture a crazy person with no job as having the unique ability to read everything, to be supremely informed. The amount of content produced each day seems endless when you are scrolling through Twitter, but there are only so many writers.
I don't hope to ever coming close to reading every new story written every day, but I like to read widely and read a lot. This is mostly done through twitter, and I follow about 220% more accounts than follow me which means my feed is constantly spitting out new things to read. I visit the homepage of The Verge, the Wall Street Journal and New York Times daily, as well as a smattering of others on a semi-regular basis. I've started to seek more variety in my daily intake. I've been reading more Neiman lab, Digiday, and individual blogs recently. All of them are journalism focused, but you have to start somewhere.
I also am an avid fan of email newsletters. They have been making a comeback recently because of the waiting-for-you-in-your-inbox-when-you-wake-up format. I regularly read newsletters from Quartz, WSJ, NYTimes, The Post (which I write occasionally too), and most recently, Politico.
When I pick up paper, it's usually newsprint, but I have been carrying around a novel to read in my downtime. I picked up the habit because of the constant reading I have for my English literature class, but now that those novels are completed, I've moved on to carrying a book for pleasure reading purposes. I maintain a list of books I would like to read on Amazon, and track what I have finished reading in goodreads. In order to keep myself from compulsively ordering every book I lay eyes on, I have devised a rule for myself.
Book Rule: You must finish the book you are currently reading before moving on, but once completed, a new book of your choosing may immediately be purchased.
I love my Book Rule. It has forced me to complete books I probably wouldn't have otherwise, and it has provided me with a steady stream of Amazon Prime-fueled endorphins when a new book arrives on the front porch.
To wrap this post up, I'll list a few recommendations to help kickstart your perpetual Book Rule binge reading session, and encourage you to friend me on goodreads so I can add to my list of novels to read.
- White Teeth, Zadie Smith
- It touches on race, gender generation and political issues, all with one of the funniest narrators you have ever read.
- The Martian, Andy Weir
- If you've seen the movie, the book is even better. It's chocked full of delicious science, suspense and witty humor.
- The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
- This one is dark. But it is an exploration of what matters, and the flaws that make us human.