I read a lot of articles on productivity, leadership and management, and in a recent article the author talked about how adding five-minutes a day of reading changed everything for him. Instead of committing to the monumental task of a book a week or a book a month, he simply committed to five minutes. Believe it or not, publishing professionals often feel like we don’t get enough reading in. Sure we read all the time. We read submissions, our client’s books and books for others in our office, but with all that reading comes a downside. It’s a struggle to just sit down and read something that’s already been published.
So I committed myself to five minutes. It’s completely upped my reading (because once you start with five minutes it’s often hard to stop), but I also feel no pressure with only five minutes.
The last two books I finished thanks to my new plan are two very different books.
The One and Only Ivan is a children’s book that has intrigued me for years. I’ve only resisted picking it up because I feared it would be really sad. I’m not going to lie, I sobbed, but I also sobbed happy tears. This is a beautiful story that I have no doubt adults and children will love.
My second reading choice is a little [read the sarcasm] different. Crazy Love You by Lisa Ungar was dark, spooky and wonderful. I love an unreliable narrator with lots of potential gore. Okay, maybe not lots, but this definitely delivered. I was also fascinated by the idea that her protagonist was a comic book writer. There was something really interesting in that for me. I’m sure you’ll not be surprised to hear that this one should be dropped on my #MSWL