My kindred sib once asked me why I read so much. I was always talking about a book I had just read or was reading. She couldn’t believe I read so much.
For one thing it’s very easy to read a lot when you don’t have a TV. We haven’t had one in over two years and I don’t miss it at all. I have nothing to distract me. It’s very easy to read as much as I do when you’re not thinking about what will happen next time on a weekly show. I recommend getting rid of the distraction of TV and focus your energy and attention on something productive — like being more adept at your art.
I also read nonfiction almost exclusively. No fluff fiction for me! Okay to be totally honest I do read the Oz books by Baum. But other than that and the stories in the Lore I read almost only Asatru themed material. There’s plenty out there to keep me busy! Books on the runes and seidr are my favorites of course!
My attitude towards books is that if I get one good idea I can incorporate into my works and practices it’s a successful book. You’d be surprised how many books meet that criteria. Almost every book I read has at least one good idea. So you have to read a lot to keep yourself growing in your practices. Look for the next great piece to the never ending puzzle that is a vitki life. That’s the way it is for me anyway.
Then there are the books you write. I have vitki books that I keep. I have several but if you’re organized one will certainly do. I keep track of all my work sessions in a journal. I have one for runes, one for bindrunes, one for seidr — you get the idea. But I find it vital to keep a record of my work. That way I can see my progress. It helps keep me on the course.
So you see why books are so important to me. They are vital for my growth. They help keep me focused on the task at hand. And I am so glad our TV died!