Phew I finally finished reading Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. I’ve been reading it for 7 months haha!
In that time I also managed to read 2 other books though.
My thoughts: Wacky and quirky. First 2/3 was veeeery slooooow to get through. Last 1/3 was absolutely brilliant. It was so so funny and wicked at the end. I burst out laughing so many times (I almost never do that!).
Why did I read it?
I think I mentioned this before. I’m trying to read more classic literature – because I like reading, because FOMO, and because I scroll through so much crap on the internet, I really need to do something tricky and challenging for my brain.
I’m working my way down a “Best Novels of All Time” list. Actually I’m picking my way through the list.
My husband read this novel in high school, this was his copy, and it was on our shelf.
I tend to alternate a Classic Novel with a Modern Novel. I haven’t had much luck with the modern novels though.
So this is how I fit more reading into my life:
1) I just aim to read 2 pages every night. Sometimes I will read 2 pages or sometimes 16 page. Occasionally I’ll read 1/2 of a novel in one sitting.
2) Carry a book in my car or my handbag. While I’m waiting for someone (my kids) or something to finish (sports training), instead of being on my phone, I try to read a few pages of my book.
3) Leave books lying around the house. I like to make cute stacks. I like to collect nice cover editions.
4) Fill my spare moments with reading. When I’ve got a few minutes up my sleeve, I try to make a point to NOT reach for my smartphone, and reach for my book instead.
5) Read the book before I watch the movie. As a result, I have not watched a lot of movies haha.
6) Track my reading with Goodreads. It’s so good! I can track when I start a book and which books I’ve read in what order. It’s like tracking my running.
7) Read while doing something else that I like doing. I like to drink coffee, tea and eat snacks haha.
8) Join a bookclub or make book-nerd friends. Ok I’m not in a bookclub. But I have friends who read a lot. So I’m constantly swapping books or talking about books. And my husband is a total book-nerd too.
9) Buy cool books. I like buying books, especially from op-shops. I’m totally addicted to scoring a winning book for $2.
10) Make a list. My To-Read list is a combination of “Best books of all time”… “Best Books of 19th / 20th Century”… “Award winning books” and “Oprah’s Recommendations”.
What am I reading now?
Last year I read 13 books (a record for me!) you can see my up-to-date reading list here. Please join and be my friend on Goodreads (do I sound desperate? that’s because I am! I want to know what everyone is reading right now!)
This year I’ve only read 6 so far, but I’m cool with that.
I’ve started to read The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I’m only a few chapters in and it is an amazing read so far. I’m actually find it humourous at the moment, because it draws so many parallels with the modern day obsession with the Selfie and Instagram?!