Books have been a bit of a challenge for me lately. I have always loved reading and still do, though the subject matter that interests me has changed dramatically over the years. Now I am almost completely drawn to non-fiction. I loved reading novels from childhood into middle age, but they don’t usually engage me now.
The issue for me today is that I have a lot of books (Amazon makes that easy to accomplish). They are all books I ordered because I want to read them, but I have never opened a few of them. Many I have started to read, but pencils are now distorting them to mark my partial progress. Some books are standing in alphabetical order (by author’s last name) on my book shelf, since I did finish reading them.
Books sit on flat surfaces and shelves in my office. They sit on my bedside table and our kitchen table. They sit on the coffee table and arms of chairs in the family room. True confessions: the vast majority of the books are somehow connected with ADHD. There is so much information available (see our latest newsletter through a link on our website) that it is just not possible to keep up with all of it. It is all so interesting!
I’m trying to accept the fact that I can pick and choose from among and within these new resources. It is not imperative that I start at the beginning of a book and read straight through to the end. I can look at the table of contents or index and find pages with information to answer an immediate question. I might find a chapter title that makes me think that section of the book will have helpful information for a client. I’m learning that there are more ways than one to approach books. My old belief about cover-to-cover is not serving me well these days.
My father used to put paper bookplates inside the covers of his books. They read, “Books are my friends.” I feel much more friendly toward my books when I don’t see them as demands: “Read me!” I’m experimenting with hearing something much more like, “Come visit with me,” from all those flat surfaces around our home.
One book that I have been visiting with quite a bit this past week is new this year, and I’ll mention it in case it interests you. The title is long: I Always Want to Be Where I’m Not: Successful Living With ADD & ADHD by Dr. Wes Crenshaw. My marker shows I’m only about one-third of the way through it, but this feels like a book that I’ll stick with to the end, and perhaps re-read right away to retain more of the valuable information in it. (Retaining the information is a topic for another post!)