I'll share three different literature based daily practice ideas with you today, along with a more standard These Three Things prompt related to books. All ideas can be mixed and matched. Carried on consecutively, or out of order. Just start somewhere.
1. Eyes Wide Shut. I love the randomness of this. Walk over to your bookshelf, or gather a bunch of articles online. Even choose from your digital reading list. Close your eyes and wherever your hand lands, there's your book. Commit to finishing the book that has chosen you regardless of how tedious it may seem at first. What starts as a challenge will no doubt be informative. If it's a good match, perfect. Think about why. If not, perfect. Think about why.
2. Pick a page, any page. I do this myself with one of my favorite books, One Hundred Years of Solitude. I used to set aside time to read the book in its entirety every year, and well the last time that happened was about a decade ago. Now I find pleasure randomly opening a page and reading just the page, a few sentences, or the rest of the chapter. It's fun to discover an old favorite this way. Out of order and in small doses really makes the word choice and structure shine. It's a whole new journey.
3. Start at the very beginning. Read the very first chapter of every single book on your bookshelf. Analog or digital. Whoa. You'll have a brief stroll down memory lane with your favorites and a nice first date with some new titles. How you do this is up to you. Set hard and fast rules and stick to it, or when you've got a good thing going with one book, stick around and finish it. You choose.
Book Related Prompt
Name three books that manage to fully transport you to another time and space. Think about why. Or don't. Notice any patterns. Or not. Just start. I'll begin.
1. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. “It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.” That first line gets me every single time.
2. The Once and Future King by T.H White. I first read this book in high school and was immediately consumed. I love a good knight/love/magic story. I remember feeling so relieved to get lost in another time and space at that age. Leave all the drama behind. And fly with the dragons.
3. When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris. It is a difficult task to choose any singular Daivd Sedaris book. I love them all, but this one holds a special place. When I was pregnant, I was put on temporary bed rest for a few weeks. I was anxious and generally miserable during this time, but managed to watch the full series of The West Wing, and listen to every David Sedaris book. I started with this one, simply because it was his most recent at the time. What I quickly discovered is that his voice puts me to sleep. Pretty much immediately. For nearly my entire pregnancy I fell asleep each night to the words of David Sedaris. Now when I go through bouts of insomnia, I reach for the Sedaris. Works every single time.
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