Lately I've been on the upswing.
My kids aren't so little any more. And I have embraced the e-reader.
A Kindle — or the e-reader of your choosing — means material is always available and downloadable at the touch of a button (although you have to watch this a bit if you are an impulse buyer).
The click, click, click of turning "pages" is a little reward. I think of myself as a hamster seeking word pellets.
And even the heaviest of books all weigh the same on an e-reader. No lengthy tome is intimidating.
And, of all things, the least literate resident of my home, the dog, encourages reading. He likes to just hang out on the couch in the evenings, and so I hang out with him — usually with something to read. Meanwhile, doggie snores.
I'm performing fairly well with my reading group. I'm picking fairly short books and knocking them out relatively quickly.
But you have to watch out. Because West Virginia Reads 150 is more competitive than you might think.
Take the team associated with the Kanawha County Library, for example. Those guys are the Miami Heat of reading books.
The West Virginia Reads 150 initiative is a good incentive to read and keep reading. And I have a lot more on my pile.
But it occurs to me that maybe I should add some books by West Virginia authors to my list.