#Blaugust Day 9: Books

I've always identified as a reader. Reading books isn't just something I do when I have to to learn something, or even as occasional recreation; it's a major element of who I am. I've taken some pride in the fact that I'm always reading; whenever I finish a book, I always have another to start on and I make a point of reading at least a few pages so I'm never in between books.

Recently I've not been reading as much and I've been a bit disappointed in myself because of it. Between work, gaming, family time and so on, I haven't been carving out time to read like I used to. Where I would normally be reading at least a book a week on average, I've only read two in the past month, and one of those was a reread of a book I had already read once.

I'm going to try to make an effort to change this, to take more time to read again. It's always been one of my favorite pastimes and there are so many books I want to read that I would hate to not get to. As such, I'm setting a short term goal for myself. For the remainder of Blaugust I'm going to read at least one new book each week, and I'll review each one here once I've finished it.  If I get back up to speed and read more than one in a week, then I'll review multiple books that week.

First up is a science fiction classic that I've been wanting to read for years and finally got ahold of at a recent library sale; The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison. Hopefully I'll be reporting back next weekend with a glowing review.


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