Ups and Downs

Lately I’ve been realizing that my reading goes in an alternating set of phases:

1. Extremely Productive (10+ books per week)
2. Moderately Productive (4-9 books per week)
3. Nearly Hibernating (0-3 books per week)

In some ways, I guess this makes sense. Those weeks when I hit 14-15 books probably need to be balanced with a break or some rest. But when I’m in what I’ve listed as phase 3, I always end up feeling a bit stressed because I should be reading more. I know I can, so why am I not doing it?

And then I came across this tumblr post today:

Shoutout to the people who aren’t able to read a lot.

Shoutout to the people who have to work their ass off and can maybe read only half an hour each day.

Shoutout to the people who don’t have the money to buy books every week or month because they struggle to pay their bills

Shoutout to the people who study each day to pass those test and exams and have put their reading aside for a while.

You all are as much a bookworm as the people who read for hours every day.

This brought me back to the time when I didn’t read recreationally, which is basically all through undergrad and grad school as well as for a few years after.  It was just in the past couple of years that I really got back into a groove when it came to non-assigned reading.  And so even in those weeks when I only read one book (or even half of a book), it’s still more than zero and that should be good enough for me.

That should really be good enough for any of us…