Reading Is Fundamental

I finished You Shall Know Our Velocity the other day, and while not as good as the other stuff I’ve read from Eggers, it was a fun roadtrip/buddy story. It also happened to be the first book I’ve read in months, as I’ve been busy with several projects and hadn’t picked one up in a while.

When I finished the book, I knew I just learned a new Life Lesson. I’ve got a handful of rules I’ve collected over my three decades on earth that I follow in order to maintain my sanity. The lesson learned from this is “Never allow yourself to get so busy that you don’t have time to read.” If you want insight into other rules I live my life by, “Never have a job that requires the daily use of an alarm clock” is something I learned during college and has held true throughout my life — every job I’ve ever had that required getting up very early in order to travel or to clock in sapped my happiness and wasn’t worth keeping.

My stack of books has grown pretty high during these past months, either from freebies sent by publishing companies, or bookstore trips to stock up on things I should have already read. Next up is Smart Mobs, then Lullaby by Palahniuk, Gonzo Marketing by Locke, Susan Orlean’s Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup, Neal Pollack’s Anthology of American Literature, and the second halves of books I started but didn’t finish including Linked and Small Pieces Loosely Joined.