Last week I talked about how important reading for business can be – especially in an industry that is always evolving and changing. However, one very important thing I’m learning in the fourth year of running my business, is how very much more important it is to de-stress and taking time-outs to do things you consider as fun!
Fun is completely personal. What I may like to read may not necessarily be what you like to read but the point of the matter is very much the same. Take a time-out to enjoy something that enables you to take your mind off of all the business that is firmly rooted in your head. Breathe. Laugh. Cry. Learn – whatever it is that makes reading something fun!
I like fantasy. I enjoy science-fiction. I especially like post-apocolyptic stories that are raw, dark and heavy. I take to most things that have an air of the unreal about them because it means it takes me out of my day-to-day grind extra-well! If that means that there are Dragons, Vampires, Shadowhunters, Divergents and Maze Runners… then so be it!
I also like history and mythology. I like seeing how things were before as much as they seemingly will be in the future. I have an eclectic library to read about British Kings and Queens, King Arthur, Greek Gods and Goddesses, and the Tudor dynasty.
I love to laugh. I’m new to the world of humor in books but I’ve luckily found a few gems that help to mix up the density of what I read. My personal favorite includes tellings by Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal or a splash of Jitterbug Perfume.
I try to read something fun at least once a day. A really good book will have me hooked until I’ve finished reading it… (ask my household how I was while reading the entire Game of Thrones series… I was DREAMING about dragons!!) But at least I wasn’t dreaming about proposals, invoices or website maintenance…
Do you make the time to read? What are your go-to genres, books or authors?