Future Jill Reports on National Readathon Day

21 Jan

Future Jill sends a report:


Your participation in the first National Readathon Day was both successful and highly enjoyable. You managed to finish Sarah Healy’s Can I Get an Amen? which you’ve been reading a couple of pages at a time. You also made good progress on a second book, but I won’t tell you what it is because I believe that falls under the Spoiler Alert clause in my contract. Let’s just say you were surprised with how much you’re enjoying this book. You also caught up on reading the newspaper.

You dutifully logged your status on Goodreads and managed to avoid looking at too many other people’s bookshelves, as to avoid getting frustrated with yourself by not reading more. And you hashtagged everything you said with #timetoread, even if it was #timetoeatdinner or #timeforacocktail. And you had the 5,111th conversation with The Boy about needing to make more time for reading. Next time, spare yourselves the conversation and just read. You don’t need to make it a four-hour stretch every session, but definitely use this as a catalyst to read a little bit everyday. And maybe consider implementing a quarterly Reading Week, like you had in high school, where all you did during your daily 50-minute English class was read. Perhaps you could even go back and finish The Grapes of Wrath, which you mostly read and loved, but never did turn its final page back then.

Unless that’s your second book of Saturday afternoon. I’m not telling though. You’ll have to read to find out.

One Response to “Future Jill Reports on National Readathon Day”

  1. Wendy January 21, 2015 at 9:06 am #

    I think we are the same person. I read Grapes of Wrath for class in junior high and LOVED it. Everybody else hated it with a passion–“It’s so long!” “It’s so boring!”–I loved it.

    And “silent reading” time? Especially during those promotional “get dumb kids to read” weeks? Heaven.


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