Friday, July 29, 2011

Making Time to Read

I admit it, when it comes to books and Goodreads, I am a greedy clicker.  I'll look at my friends' book reviews and if the title or description catches me in even the tiniest way I add it to my "to-read" queue.  It's not like there's any harm in that, since adding them to a "to read" pile doesn't cost any money and nobody's going to be in trouble if I don't read the book.  Lord knows I love to read!  I used to get busted in grade school for reading while the teacher was talking.  I gnaw on books like bones.  Plus I joined a book club on Facebook a few months ago with some of my friends, we pick a monthly book and then talk about it afterwards on Facebook.  It's made me read books that I wouldn't normally, and I've really enjoyed it so far.

But the reading, though I do plenty of it, oftentimes takes a backseat to the knitting.  For as much as I love to read, I also love to knit.  And I know that I *could* do audiobooks but I just feel too strange doing that in my own home.   (this is the only thing I miss about having a one-hour commute to work, by the way)  Having had a Goodreads account for three and a half years, the list gets longer and the "read" pile will never catch up.  So it was high time to go through some of the oldest additions to my list and purge.  I've picked my six next books, some of the oldest on the list.  No time limit, I just want to be able to cross them off:

1.  Household Words:  A Novel (Silber.)  Added in February, 2008. 

2.  Couldn't Keep It to Myself:  Wally Lamb and the Women of York Correctional Institution.  (Lamb)  Added in February, 2008.

3.  The Inheritance of Loss.  (Desai) added in April, 2008

4.  Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs:  A Low Culture Manifesto.  (Klosterman) added in August, 2008.

5.  Their Eyes Were Watching God. (Hurston)  Added April, 2009.

I have also had Anna Karennina  in the house since 2005 B.C.  (before children)  I really DO want to read it, but am intimidated by how many pages are in it!

I get asked this a lot:  "How do you find the time to read all those books?"  The answer is simple:  I just do!  For one thing, I'm a fast reader.  I also don't sleep, and I read (or knit) every free chance I get.  My bag always has a book and a small knitting project in it, no matter where I am going.  That way, you're not pissed off when you're in a half-hour line at the bank, or (the worst)your doctor is running an hour behind and you're there with nothing to do.  And I am the QUEEN of letting the housework go while I catch up with Stephanie Plum or knock off a few rows of a scarf or baby sweater.  

What's on your to-read list?


TBraun30 said...

I just read "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett which is coming out as a movie next month. I also loved Sing you Home by Jodi Picoult. You have now inspired me to go look through my list.Nah...maybe

toastqueen said...

I seem to read about 1 book for every 3 I add to my "to-read" list.
I'm currently up to 494.