Let’s talk about reading. I always get sad or even a little frustrated when people say reading is boring. Reading isn’t boring. You’re just reading a boring book. I’m on pace to read about 120-125 books this year (avg. 2 per week) and immediately when people hear that they think that’s a lot. But it’s not a lot. An average book takes 4ish hours to read and so only reading an hour in morning or at night after kids go down etc, will get you to read even more than that. I rarely read during a normal workday, and only usually read at the bookends of the day. Most of us are on our phones three to four times that amount every day. But one thing I’ll say is how indebted and grateful I am for books. Truly. Reading has 100% MASSIVELY shaped me. The stories and lives I’ve entered into, heard about for the first time, the ideas I’ve interacted with, the ways I’ve been challenged or grown, are too many to count at this point (and one of the reasons we are a unschool/homeschool family, because I think in our education systems it’s difficult to have the space and time to create a love and discipline of reading when in fact cultivating a love for reading I think should be education’s number one goal, since reading is the gateway or door to all other learning). I mean have we ever realized how insane it is that we can get someone else’s entire life experience + 2 years of direct/focused work on a subject where they are usually an expert on, for $10 or free at the library? I’ll make that trade every time. One quick note though too on the flipside: if a book is bad quit it immediately. I don’t spend more than five seconds slugging through a book that’s not good or not engaging. Too many good books out there to waste your time on mediocre ones. If it’s even a 7 out of 10 I move on. I love how I’ve heard it put another way, “start more books. Quit most of them. Read the best ones twice.” And that’s what this picture is. All my favorites. All the books that the little seed of the idea or story has never left me, and I still think about it to this day, or was deeply impactful to me or transformed how I think in a certain way.