Read Harder Redux

For the back half of 2015, I watched as some of my internet friends work on finishing the first Read Harder challenge, essentially writhing from the jealously. I was clearly in a reading rut and painfully missing my feminist book club from Chicago. They are still going strong despite the utter lack of my ramblings on the greater need for intersectional feminism.

But when this year’s list was announced, I was worried about finishing. I mean, it’s not like we haven’t had anything going on here. It’s encouraged me to branch out, to try books I would have NEVER picked up before. Like Dawn by Octavia Butler, like The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen, and The Witches: 1692 by Stacy Schiff. It’s had me trying audiobooks and graphic novels.

More it’s also, made space for me. We have a banging library system so it’s free to read on my Kindle, it requires the right amount of effort – a few minute of energy to load up on titles – and then not too much. I could read at 3AM when the baby just wanted to sit on my chest, it takes 5 minutes or it takes an hour. And it’s just been mine, deliciously mine.

When you sleep train babies, everyone says ‘sleep begets sleep’ and what this year has showed me is that reading begets reading. I cannot wait to see what 2017 brings. But for now, I have the rest of the Xenogenesis series headed my way.

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