A short checklist to keep up with the stress in my daily work life:
As a child and teenager I read a lot, mostly fictional books. I often went to the library and got lots of books as a birthday or Christmas present.
- Astrid Lindgren
- Tonke Dragt
- Wolfgang Hohlbein
On of my favorite authors at that time was Ken Follet. I read through the 1000+ pages of the Pillars of the Earth on just two or three days. The more we had to read for German classes in school the less I’d liked to read at home. Occasionally I read a Preston / Child thriller.
After I finished school I worked as a sound technician at the Landestheater Detmold. Due to masses of spare time and to the lack of nowadays always on communication devices I got into reading again.
I re-read all the classics which I should have already read in school. Because I didn’t had to, it was actually a lot of fun. I read a lot of the books from Thomas Mann, from Heinrich, Klaus and Golo Mann as well.
During my studies I started reading non-fictional books and often bought different books about the same topic because I enjoyed reading things from a different perspective to better understand them.
So what happened to the habit over the years? Why did I almost stopped reading entirely?
Distractions by other hobbies
- Working 40+ hours per week plus commuting
- Surfing Facebook and 9gag
- Binge watching
- Children 🙂
What got me into reading again
- Martin Suter
- Paulo Coelho
- Manfred Spitzer
My new most favorite author became Dan Simmons after I accidentally bought the book “Terror”
After I watched the TED talk Why I read a book a day (and why you should too): The Law of 33% I started to read again like crazy and started to build up a personal library