Do you read in bed at night before you go to sleep? I do – and I have a certain routine to what I read each night before my eyes get too heavy to keep them open. For the past three years, I have read one of the Intellectual Devotional series by David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim. They are organized like a religious devotional, with one page-long selection for every day of the year. This year I’m reading this one:
The Intellectual Devotional Modern Culture Edition: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Converse Confidently with the Culturati
The selections come in seven categories: personalities, literature, music, film, ideas and trends, sports, and pop culture.
After I read the day’s selection, I read some poetry. If I don’t have another collection available, I read from The Oxford Book of American Poetry, which I have been slowly making my way through for the past couple of years. I recently checked out a couple of collections from the library, and last night I started this one:
Delights and Shadows by Ted Kooser
After a few poems, I read some non-fiction. I will read a few letters from My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams, or if I am reading a collection of essays, I will dip into that for a while. My current non-fiction reading is:
Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands by Michael Chabon
Then, if I’m not too sleepy, I will read some from whatever novel I am in the middle of. If I have trouble sleeping, I’ll turn the lights off and listen to an audiobook until I drift off.
Do you have any bedtime reading rituals?