Along with a return to blogging and emerging from my newborn cocoon, I have set a goal to read, on average, one book a week. To that end, I’ve added a new section to follow my progress. I also added lists from previous years when I started tracking my reading habits.
Rather than a firm commitment to a book a week, I’ve decided to average it out over the year. There are times where I devour books in quick succession. I read the entire Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher in December and January.1 Since that spree, I haven’t even finished The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I am closing in on the end though.2
Why did I set this goal for myself? As Babels grows up, I want to nurture their curiosity and love of reading. The best way to do that is lead by example. I’ve also found that reading books rather than the internet eases the transition to sleep.
As I look toward getting back into GMing, I need all the inspiration I can get. Reading is a clean fuel for my creativity. It provides inklings of ideas that I will weave into future projects and campaigns. In fact, reading the Dresden Files series has only fanned my desire to run a campaign set in modern, urban world.