I’m gonna tell you a secret.
Out of the many content pillars I’ve created to keep writing every day on social media, my what-are-you-reading post is one of my favorites.
Here’s what I love about it: it’s a simple text, open-ended, and at the same time it works as a conversation starter, it’s also a way for me to achieve one of my ultimate goals with my content, which is to encourage people to read more and be mindful about what and how they read.
So, the post’s structure is almost always the same. I ask you what you’re reading this week and I tell you what I’m reading and how I feel about it. In the end, I encourage you to tell me how you like the book or how you feel about it, too.
In a way, it also reminds myself of what I’m reading and why, and it makes me more mindful about the “book of the week”, you know?
The idea is also to start a conversation between us, for sure. But it will be a conversation where we can recommend books to each other and provoke each other to think about the book we’re reading to say something about it while we’re reading.
If you think about it, it’s less hard to finish a book and take a look at notes to write a review. But when we’re forced to say something in the middle of the book, during the process of reading, we have to pause and think. And depending on how much effort we put into that thought, it might boost a good read, or make us give another chance to a book that’s not working for us.
Well, it can also sink a good read because we might find out there’s nothing really good to talk about it, too, or it can make us simply put a bad book aside and start another. laughs But that’s definitely not the idea.
At the end, I want to provoke thoughts and promote active reading. And, boy, how it works!
This week, I’m reading The Castle, by Franz Kafka. It’s a story about a man who wants to have access to a castle, but the bureaucracy to do so is just insane. It’s a book full of humor and energy, and by dealing with the episodes of the story that way, it reveals the ridiculousness of the situation.
How many times did you need to have access to a “castle” but found a million bureaucratic obstacles to do it? If you’re a lawyer like me, you might know exactly how it feels.
The book is unfinished. Kafka didn’t live long enough to finish it. But I wonder if that’s not his whole point: to make us think less about the end of the story and more about what’s happening in the process.
Think about it.
Now. Since this is my experimental new home and I just told you that this is one of my favorite questions, tell me:
What are you reading this week?
Leave a comment below, and tell your friends about my Substack page!
[first published on Substack]