In case anyone amongst my vast readership 😉 is wondering, yes, I’m doing that thing of giving up chocolate and fiction for Lent again this year. I haven’t felt the need to blog about it — maybe because I’ve done so enough in past years. I’ve written about my personal and spiritual reasons for observing Lent even though it’s not part of my religious tradition, about why I believe self-denial is sometimes a good thing, about how I function without two of my favourite comforts for six weeks each year (I do give myself a break from the chocolate thing on Sabbaths).
One thing that never changes is that swearing off fiction forces me to read a variety of interesting, sometimes challenging, non-fiction books that I might not get to read otherwise. While I try to spice it up with a few good memoirs that are just as much fun to read as novels, I also get to read some more thought-provoking and slower books. I’ve just started blogging my way through this year’s Lenten reading list over at Compulsive Overreader, so drop over there from time to time and join in the conversation … I really like discussing books especially if someone else happens to have read the same book and has strong opinions about it!