When You’re Too Busy to Read: A New Kind of Reading List

An extremely appropriate photo of The Wind-up Bird Chronicle on my new work desk. 

Readers gonna read, no matter how busy it gets. Here’s what I’ve been reading this week.

When life gets really busy, there’s no room for reading elitism. What I mean by that is insisting that you’re only “really reading” if you read novels. Reading is reading, and there are lots of great content out there in many different forms. This includes online articles, blog posts, infographics, summaries, and so on. In the past few months, my schedule has changed dramatically, meaning that if I do get to sit down and read a chapter of a novel, I count myself lucky. Which is why I haven’t been posting. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading too. I’ve been reading—lots of things. Just not novels.

But at the same time, I do want to keep this blog alive. So here’s a thing I’m trying: a new reading list. I’m going to share 5 to 10  interesting things I’ve been reading during the week. The number will change from week to week as I don’t want to force bad content or omit great ones just to hit a certain number. I’ll try to make the list as varied as possible, so that hopefully, everyone can find something they’ll enjoy.

To kick things off, here are 5 things I’ve from my past week that I think are worth a read.

  1. Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-up Bird Chronicle  . Murakami’s odd, leisurely writing always makes me feel like I’m in some kind of slowed-down time warp. Perfect for when you know you’re going to take months to finish the novel. If you’re also a Murakami fan, you might enjoy my reviews on Norwegian Wood and 1Q84.
  2. Infographic: A Huge Map of the World’s Religions
  3. Here’s how much money the average millennial has in savings  Personal finance is a very important topic to me, and it’s always good to know how well you’re doing. According to this article, 67% of millennials aged 18-24 have less than $1000 in their savings and 46% have $0. However, from 2016 to 2017, the number of people who have at least $10,000 saved jumped from 8% to 13%. The article also tells you how much on average you should have saved up by different ages. An extremely useful read.
  4. Information on water intoxication—I drink a ton of water, and have been considering putting a pinch of salt in my drink once in a while to prevent this potentially deadly condition. All the articles I’ve read so far recommend sea salt instead of regular table salt. Beyond just preventing water intoxication, adding salt to your water apparently has other benefits too.
  5.  A ton of articles from my current favourite blog ever—Austin Kleon. In particular, I’ve been inspired by his logbooks, and have been thinking of keeping something of that sort myself. The lack of time to read novels also means the lack of time to sit down and properly journal. A short-form memo or logbook might work better for me with my busy schedule.

This is a very different sort of blog post than my usual, but I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. If you have any recommendations for reading material, novels or otherwise, do share it with me below!

As always, happy reading!

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