One of the worst moments of my life happened the day I realized I would never be able to read all the books in the world. Don’t laugh. I was devastated.
I’m seriously addicted to the written word. I’ve always needed scores of unread books on hand, just in case. Even with hardcovers and paperbacks overflowing my bookcases and end tables, I buy more. And then I go to the library and feed my craving with selections I wouldn’t or couldn’t buy but can’t resist boorrowing, just in case.
As I mentioned before, Sandi Ault’s second mystery is my current fiction pick. Through no fault of Sandi’s, I haven’t read very far yet. I keep putting off my pleasure reading so I can check one more blog, catch up on the day’s Tweets, deal with important e-mails, occasionally work on my book, and on and on.
Even so, I dropped by the library today to pick up a non-fiction book I’d placed on hold. While I was there, I wandered through the stacks as I always do, and two more titles caught my eye. While I’m not reading Sandi Ault’s mystery, I’ll also not be reading:
1. Crash Proof: How to Profit from the Coming Economic Collapse by Peter D. Schiff (with John Downes) 2007
2. being zen: Bringing Meditation to Life by Ezra Bayda 2002
3. Waking Up: A Week Inside a Zen Monastery by Jack Maguire 2000
I think my subconscious was at work, knowing I would need two books on Zen to offset the dire predictions in a book about economic collapse.
Can you tell I’m already craving another weekend read-a-thon? June 13th and 14th are looking good. There! I wrote it on my calendar.
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Patricia Stoltey says
I was retired for two years, Galen. Did a lot of reading and we traveled a bit. Then I took up writing and hubby took up bridge. I think many of us find too much leisure time gets a little boring, although I never would have thought that possible during my working years. My problem is not knowing when to stop working. I’m trying to remedy that by scheduling fun. 😉
Drue Allen says
Since I teach, as well as write, I always look forward to the summer–b/c summer=reading! Isn’t that a hoot? We must be kindred spirits Patricia. Good luck with your reading time!
Galen Kindley says
I’ve managed to corral, but not stamp out, this particular….”problem.” My dear mother was the same and passed the “gift” to me. One misconception…at least it was to me. Retirement. I’ve no more time in retirement to read than I did back in the day.
Best Regards, Galen.
K. A. Laity says
LOL — booking reading time seems so… familiar! I rely on traveling to allow me to catch up on actual reading. Good thing I like to travel.
Karen Walker says
I’m with Elizabeth. Putting on a calender?? Yikes, has it gotten that bad? Yes, it has. Yes, it has.
Elizabeth Spann Craig says
Good for you to schedule your reading time on your calendar! I need to do the same. I really miss the days I could spend the whole afternoon reading a book.
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