Reading is a deeply personal hobby. There’s no wrong way to do it. You can read for your own enjoyment. You can read to educate yourself. You can read for comfort.
One thing you can do is start (or continue) a reading tradition.
I’m here to talk about my reading traditions.
One of my favorite memories from growing up was reading the Harry Potter books as they came out. I was in 5th grade when Sorcerer’s Stone made its way stateside. We read many books together as a class and SS was one of the selections. I was instantly hooked. We didn’t buy tons of books growing up but this was one that my parents always made sure to buy for us.
The HP books were released during Summer vacation. I was a kid with endless amounts of time. I took it upon myself to reread the series each Summer to ‘prepare’ myself for the newest release. As a result, I’ve read those early books close to a dozen times.
Those are special memories for me. I do wish I had time to reread more series to prepare myself for new installments. Alas, the obligations of adulthood stand in my way.
Possible Current Tradition
I’m writing this post in early October. I’m currently waiting for the audiobook of Coraline by Neil Gaiman. This will be my 3 or 4th time through and my second time on audio. It’s really really great. Neil does a great job on narration. The book is perfectly spooky.
I’m contemplating starting a tradition where I listen to Coraline each year for Spooky season. It’s fantastic & a super quick listen (3 hours 35 minutes). It sets the mood and it won’t deter me too far from whatever I’d be listening or reading at the moment.
Hopeful Future Tradition
If you’ve been online for any length of time you may have heard of Jolabokaflod, the Icelandic book flood. I personally love this idea.
Whenever I start my own family, I’d be on board for new books, new jammies, & hot cocoa all around for Christmas Eve (or other selected night).