Monday, November 4, 2013

back to the basics

In the inaugural post on this blog, I said:

The theme of this blog was largely inspired by observations from the initial pages of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 
"There was so much to read, for one thing...I was rather literary in college...and now I was going to bring back all such things into my life and become again that most limited of all specialists, the "well-rounded man.""
 Reading for pleasure took a back seat in graduate school and now, two years post-grad, I'm finally getting back into the swing of things. I moved to Nashville a little over a year ago, so there's a couple of layers to naming this wee blog the Next Page. I'm not interested in writing full-scale book reviews. Instead, I'm hoping to share those snippets that jump off the page, that earn a margin note or find themselves underlined. Good writing should make you think, and want to talk about what you read. I told you I read a million books at once, so I won't be making my way methodically through anything. Instead, you'll get pieces here and there of whatever moves me in the moment.

That quote from Gatsby is now one of my favorites, because it so sums me up. The thing about it, though, is that he starts out with these great intentions and swiftly becomes distracted by all the shenanigans going on in the neighborhood (hey-o Gatsby & Daisy). I certainly don't have distractions on that level, but I'll admit that I definitely did NOT make the most of the summer/fall in terms of reading and working on my goals. I had great intentions, but they didn't come to a lot. I can blame some of that on my broken ankle, but I was off-track before that.

So it's time to get back to basics and re-prioritize. More reading, less TV. I ::gasp:: canceled my Netflix and at the end of this month (because I already paid for it) Hulu+ is going away as well. I'm going to take the rest of the year to get my eyes off the screen (aside from your blogs, obviously) and onto the page, or the things around me that need doing.

Is there anything you need to give more of your attention?


  1. I am in this place too. I'm trying to limit my time online - deleted social accounts (couldn't take drama right now!) and have been watching way less Netflix/Hulu+ myself. I wanted to return back to things before the year ends. Simple, pretty things. I love this personal challenge!

  2. My reading goal is to reach 50 by end of the year but I've been so distracted with emotions and moving to sit still enough to read! I hope I reach it and things quiet down a bit soon.

    Linda (

  3. I'm at about 65 books for the year. I've really slowed down in the last few months. I always read several books at a time, too. I used to think I could never do it, but surprisingly - it works for me!

  4. been too busy to read much this past month. i'm growing far too use to having cable and a dvr. definitely need to pick it up if i reach my 75 books this year goal.


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