This week’s musing asks:
Do you set goals for yourself, while reading? For example, “I want to get this book finished this weekend“, or “I will read __ pages today“, etc. Why, or why not?
I set mental goals but they are usually not written in stone. For every new book I gauge the amount of time required to finish so I can plan on having books lined up. Unless the book is seriously dense and full of magical realism, I can finish a book under 250 pages on two days, averaging about 125 pages a day. I am a creature of habit—reading at least two hours early in the morning over breakfast, and I won’t give that up for anything. When I was in palm Springs two weeks ago, I got up the usual time and sat by the pool (in the shade) to read Good Christian Bitches. Temperature was 85 at 7:30 in the morning. I had a tub of blueberries and a cup of coffee on the side table and I was all set. By the time my friend was up for breakfast I was half way through the book. To make a long story short, if I’m left to myself, I can usually achieve rough the same amount of reading done no matter where I am. Back home at the coffee shop where I frequent, people always said to me that I am in my own world—reading—since I’m so riveted at the book. My mental switch must have been turned on when I’m reading because I’m completely oblivious of my surrounding. The goal is about 100 pages a day but I average about 125.