I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to procrastination, reading is one of my go-to activities. When I’m facing a deadline, I often find myself thinking “… just one more chapter.” Then one chapter turns into two, two turns into three, and suddenly it’s 5 p.m. and I haven’t started the Hub post that’s due in just a few hours! But for someone who reads as much as I do, and enjoys it as much as I do, I sure procrastinate in my reading life as well — and I’ll bet you do too. Do you ever catch yourself saying, “Oh, I’ve been meaning to read that,” in conversation with your most well-read friend? Do you find yourself reviewing lists of the 100 Best Novels or maybe all the Printz winners, thinking someday … Is that book you got for Christmas three years ago sitting on the bookshelf gathering dust while you read yet another YA dystopia?
I hate to break it you, but you’re a reading procrastinator.
It’s easy to do. Maybe you found a genre you love, so instead of picking up that classic at the bottom of your to-read pile, you’ve read every paranormal story you can get your hands on. Maybe the book you’ve been meaning to read is supposed to be great but just doesn’t appeal to you. You know you should read it, and you know you’ll probably like it, but the mystery on your nightstand is calling your name. Maybe you just love to stay caught up on the newest and best, so the older and best keep falling to the wayside (I’m looking at you, Jellicoe Road, which I’ve been meaning to read for years).
Today is Fight Procrastination Day; it’s the perfect time to get serious about your to-read list! Go to the library and check out that book you’ve been meaning to read. That’s what I’m going to do … as soon as I finish the next chapter of Smart Girls Get What They Want.
–Emily Calkins, currently reading Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
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