Who knew that simply inputting a bunch of data about my reading history, current reading, and reading plans would reveal so much to me? Sure, I expected to see patterns in my reading. There are patterns everywhere.
And I expected to see cycles in my reading; I tend to do all sorts of things in cycles. You can tell this simply by observing my home. At one end of the cleaning cycle, I'm uber diligent, and dust and clean up, and tidy, and scrub toilets and sinks frequently. Then, over time, the frequency diminishes, and one by one the tasks fall by the way side (vacuuming the stairs goes first, then dusting....). Until suddenly, I look around me and am appalled. The same cycle is clearly visible on my desk. Those two cycles only rarely have anything to do with each other. (And if you're going to tell me that your house doesn't have such cycles, I'm going to ask you who your cleaning service is.)
Similarly, I tend to go for a while reading the books that Golf Pro has checked out of the library, and enjoying crime fiction for a while. Then I slowly start adding more fantasy to my reading pile, and veer off into whatever the kids are reading. Then I'll find a series (usually fantasy, but sometimes historical fiction like Diana Gabaldon's exquisitely delicious Outlander series). Then I'll swing back to reading with Golf Pro.
In the middle, I usually have some sort if interesting non-fiction book in the bathroom or somewhere else where I'm only going to read a few pages at a time. My slow reads full of facts and curiosity, but which are just too dense to read as a whole.
Recently, however, my reading pattern has changed. You don't see all of it on GoodReads, because I've not yet added my text books to the reading list. I can't decide whether they really belong there. But...
Today, as I entered the completion of my most recent bit of fiction, I noticed a couple of things.
1. I now have a real place to keep the list of books that I want to read, but don't yet have on hand (or time for). And it's a list that I'll be able to find! So that book I want to read won't get forgotten. Alas, that list is growing very quickly. Today, I marked one book as READ, and promptly added two more TO READ. (How exactly do you count the one you've marked to read that you've already read?)
2. While it's clear that I'm reading a lot about anatomy, physiology, pathology, and massage assessment and treatment (what with studying for the National Boards and all). I hadn't realized just how much of my "down time" reading is also tied up with Massage. I'm reading massage related books for my leisure reading too? Really?
What do I mean? Well, I'm studying by re-reading, and re-note taking, and quizzing myself on the following books (feel free to skip this particular list, it's a bit of record keeping in addition to being information you might be interested in):
- Hole's Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology, 10th Edition. (I find it rather delicious that my daughters use a more recent edition for their high school anatomy course).
- Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage, by Mark F. Beck
- A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology, 4th edition (MTGP 3e), by Ruth Werner
- Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy, by Whitney Lowe
- Trail Guide to the Body: How to locate muscles and bones 3d Ed, by Andrew Biel
- Illustrated Essentials of Musculoskeletal Anatomy, 5th Ed., by Sieg and Adams (whose illustrations, frankly aren't as good as those in the Beck, Theory and Practice Book, or the Trail Guide -- but this was our assigned text book).
- Massage, A Career at Your Fingertips, by Martin Ashley, JD, LMT (which was a rather pitiful book, that made me want to write a better one, but which, again, was our assigned textbook).
and of course, the official "Review Guides" for the exam itself, which do provide the same material in new ways, so that I'm "layering" the information, but which, more importantly, provide practice tests.
Mosby's Massage Therapy Review, 3rd Edition (which I own)
Review for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Certification (from the library)
But in my "down time" I'm otherwise just reading these:
Bodywork: What Type of Massage to Get and How to Make the Most of It, by Thomas Claire (which makes me madly jealous of him, since he actually GETS all of these massages and writes in detail about the experience. I want to write THIS book).
The Worlds Best Massage Techniques, by Victoria Stone
The Way of QiGong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing, by Kenneth S. Cohen
and I just finished
The Five Elements of Self-Healing: Using Chinese Medicine for Maximum Immunity, Wellnes, and Health, by Jason Elias, and
Human Bones: A Scientific and Pictoral Investigation, by R. McNeill Alexander
(Well, okay, I'm interested, but also that's reading, not studying, and since it's connected I'm hoping it will help.)
That's not to say that I'm not also reading the Biography of Water (a few pages at a time), or that I don't have a bit of fiction at my bedside for "go-to-sleep" reading, but still.
It makes me worry a bit that I'm becoming, well, a tad -- obsessed? one-dimensional? all massage all the time?
I'm hoping that this is just a sign that I'm dedicated to passing these upcoming exams, and to really deeply LEARNING all this stuff so that I will be the best massage therapist I can be. We'll check in again in, oh, mid-October after I've taken my exams.
To combat this one-sidedness, I'm considering joining my community in a thing I've just learned about. Evidently, every so often (monthly? seasonally?), the libraries (or someone) in our twin-cities get together and pick a book for the whole community to read at once. This month, it's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It's been a long time since I've read it, and I DID just finish a novel last night... so I (cough) have room (cough) in my reading list (cough cough). I think I'll join the folks in town and read ol' Tom again.
As soon as I finish reviewing the Nervous System.
(I'm now inspired, suddenly, to see if we can have a blogiverse reading club. Anyone want to join me in reading a book, and chatting about it here?)