Mind, Soul

Why It Takes Me Months to Finish a Book

November 16

I love to read. Really. I love to read all kinds of things! Thrillers, romance, creative nonfiction and straight-up nonfiction.

I always find myself drawn to nonfiction the most, but I’m the kind of person who reads four or five books at once so it takes me FOREVER to finish just one. I have them scattered around my house and office for every time of day.

In the mornings I read my Bible study and something inspirational. Right now:

  • Being Lutheran by A. Trevor Sutton: Our pastor recommended this book. Its an easy-to-read, relatable book full of quality material. Sutton covers history, doctrine, living faith and being Lutheran.
  • Wanderlust: A Modern Yogi’s Guide to Discovering Your Best Self by Jeff Krasno: A birthday gift from my thoughtful roommate. It’s beautiful and would look wonderful on a coffee table, but it’s also full of great information and sequences for yogis. I read it while I’m finishing my coffee and find myself wanting to get up and try out the moves, even in my work clothes.

At work during breaks I read work-related books. Business, marketing, planning. Right now:

  • Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath: This book is fantastic. I’m constantly finding applications in real life, and my boyfriend, mom, coworkers and friends hear about it all. Engaging, funny and educational.

When I come home and throughout the evening I either read a fiction book or — wait for the real geek in me — a book on anatomy.  Right now:

  • Pilates Anatomy by Rael Isacowitz and Karen Clippinger: This covers the nuts and bolts, and I love learning about how my body moves throughout the day. It’s also helpful to keep the concepts in mind when I’m in my Pilates and yoga classes. I’m learning that some basic knowledge of anatomy is essential in a mind-body connection.

It can take me a long time to read just one of these books, but generally one will find its way to the top of my pile. I’ll bring that one with me wherever I go, and I will favor it over all of the others. Whoops.

Is it wrong? Inefficient? Unfocused? Maybe! But I like the flexibility it gives me. I like to have some Jesus, a little bit of emotional support and inspiration, a little business and a little body.

I’ll update you on which ones I finish and which ones I add to the list!

What are you reading right now? Do you like to read more than one book at a time? Do you have to finish every book you start?

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  • Reply Rose November 16 at 11:24 pm

    This is so funny because it takes me forever and I’m only reading one. I can’t even imagine reading multiple books in one day.

    • Reply margaret.foreman89@gmail.com November 17 at 11:48 am

      Nothing wrong with that either 🙂

  • Reply ebforeman November 17 at 10:11 am

    Yep. I’m right there with you. I think I have about six books going right now. Like you, a mixture of fiction — one audible, one Kindle, one paper — devotionals, nonfiction. It seems crazy but I love it too. And no, I don’t always finish a book. I used to do that. Life is too short to force something like that. I usually give it about 50 pages then I start skimming, and then I’ll quit if it doesn’t grab me by then.

    • Reply margaret.foreman89@gmail.com November 17 at 11:49 am

      I think that’s great. I always feel like I need to finish them, but if it isn’t exciting me anymore, then why?

  • Reply Suman Kher November 19 at 2:51 pm

    I read at least 2, sometimes 3 at a time. I dont think I can handle more than 3. Usually, I have one physical book which is work related where I can underline, make side notes etc. Plus one on Kindle which is usually fiction to read on the go. It is hard to squeeze in time so Kindle helps me finish some books on the go. I also set a timer for 15 minutes sometimes just to quickly finish a few pages at the end of the day. Earlier, I had to finish whatever I started. But lately, I feel life is too short to finish a lousy book just because I started it. I sometimes read relevant stuff and leave the rest. I think it’s ok to do that. What do you think?

    • Reply margaret.foreman89@gmail.com November 21 at 8:02 pm

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment! I can relate. I love having a physical book to interact with. I use my Kindle for fiction or as a last resort when I’m traveling. I love the idea of setting a timer at night.

      I totally agree — don’t waste your time on books that you’re not enjoying! I still have a hard time letting them go, but I’m getting better 🙂

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