Reading for Life

I got into reading after graduating from UC San Diego. I feared that my learning would stop since I was no longer obligated to attend lectures and office hours.

Reading at first was difficult. It seemed that my focus and attention was always fleeting toward another activity.

I began my reading journey with a base of non-fiction. My goal was to satisfy my curiosity of training, sports, physiology, nutrition, and other obscure topics like astrophysics.

It wasn’t long before I realized that the intense concentration of these dry books became a chore. I then decided to read fiction.

I focused on reading classics that gave a high likelihood of enjoyment. I read Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen.

These books were a marvel to me; I saw that the author’s point of view reflected pain, suffering, and joy. These moments were just as valuable teaching components as the non-fiction books I had previously clung to.

The flow of classics makes these books easy reads – they’re enjoyable, lively, and better than Netflix ever could be. They challenge your mind, creativity, and enhance your vocabulary and writing ability.

In 2017 I read 60 books. Part of my daily morning routine is a minimum of 30 minutes (although it usually goes longer than that).

To keep myself interested in learning new topics, I have a three way rotation of the books I choose:

1. Something related to my career – health and fitness
2. A fun, fictional read
3. An obscure topic or hobby that I am working on

Do you like to read? How do you choose your favorite books?

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