Thursday, February 11, 2010

My Work is trying to get me to read more

I know that sounds kinda crazy but unlike a lot of you guys, books aren’t just a hobby for me, but also my day job. And since we’re in the business of selling books, it’s sometimes useful for some of us to have read books.

A couple of weeks ago my company announced a reading contest. It’s a lot like those ones from when you were a kid in the summer at the library. Simply keep a list of your books read, and the longest list wins. Picture books don’t count but pretty much everything else does (Middle Reader and Young Adult, audio, rereads). My boss immediately emailed to say he expected me to win. But alas, I have a co-worker, who I give the whole case of Harlequin books to every month, who I believe will run circles around my number. She reads probably 10 books a week. I’ve not even managed that when rereading MR and YA novels. This is a nice incentive for me to ratchet my YA reading into a higher gear. But sadly, I think I won’t have a real shot against the romance readers. Which is a bummer because the prize is $100 of books, though I'd also do it just for bragging rights. I am a little competitive, particularly when it comes to the very small list of areas of my expertise, of which reading is #1. (I did talk to my romance reading friend and she said I shouldn’t worry about her so much because she has to admit to all the books, so she definitely WON’T be listing all her books, as so many are embarrassing.)

It’s nice to have a bit of a fire lit. You might think these shouldn’t work on me so differently than the Challenges do, but it does. Challenges seem to me like homework which means I’ll drag my feet until the last minute. Whereas a contest with no real parameters is just fun. I never even came close on those library summer reading contests (my mother wouldn’t take me to the library often enough, nor buy me enough books at the bookstore) so this is my chance for vindication!

I wish my favorite TV shows would all get cancelled. I know that sounds crazy, but that’s my biggest obstacle for more reading. I know that I will start reading on my lunch hour more though! I used to do that 10 years ago, but got out of the habit (and got more work to do.) I also am getting more audio books.

This week they finally posted the leaderboard. I am tied for #9!

On your mark, get set, let’s go!


Carin said...

You must get a DVR if you don't have one. Then you can record all your shows! I am excited about your contest, and I laughed out loud when I read that your coworker couldn't list all her romance books because some of them are too embarrassing. Good luck with the competition and let us all know how you're doing....also, I am so jealous that you seem to have an awesome job! Someday I'm going to find an awesome job! ;)

Carin Siegfried said...

I've had a TiVo since 2003. I adore it, but I have too many shows on it. I did go through recently and cut a couple but I want it all! I want to have my TV and read my books too. And thanks for reminding me that a lot of the time my job is awesome. It's silly the things we all need reminding of from time to time.