I did it! I'm reading for fun again! I haven't been able to read for fun ever since I started homeschooling. I am now reading Mary Poppins and enjoying it (not aloud). I will read it aloud later to dd but I'm just enjoying it on my own right now.
I've been a little paralyzed with pleasure reading for the last year and half, I felt like I had a "mission from God" (BB) and I had better not waste time reading fluff when I could be reading to learn (about everything). Plus, after reading The Well-Educated Mind and How To Read a Book, I wanted to be a 'serious reader' and read the Great Books.
Before homeschooling, I would read about 450 books a year: mystery thrillers, contemporary fiction, relational fiction, Christian fiction, etc. I had out read many of my favorite authors and had checked out way too many of the books available at our local library. It was easier to point out the books I hadn't read vs. the books the I had. But those books were indulgences, they really didn't do anything for me but allow me to escape to another world and get wrapped up into a story.
Hopefully Mary Poppins will be a new beginning in this bookworm's life. I pray that I will be able to achieve some balance between fiction and non-fiction, even if I have to read children's fiction in order to feel justified in reading fiction again.
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