Reading Days

I don’t know why, but I never have time to read. I recently graduated college and haven’t found a full-time job yet. I’ve only been waitressing and blogging for nearly a year, but I never have time to read. On the days that I do have off, I am consumed with guilt when I stop the job search, when I watch reruns of The Office for hours at a time, when I read when I should be writing. That’s why I thought of the brilliant idea of reading days, in part inspired by those pre-finals days at the end of a college semester when everyone should be studying (they are, in fact, watching reruns of The Office). So, a couple times a week, I’ll set aside a day when all I do is read, and I’m not allowed to feel guilty about it.

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Last week I devoured Daphne du Maurier’s collection of short stories, and then quickly plunged into a book I got from Netgalley, The Frangipani Hotel. A review of that is coming soon, but the point of this post is to emphasize how much better it is to read in large spans of time than it is to read a chapter every day. I found myself consumed by the stories and enjoying it utterly. I enjoyed it so much more having my head wrapped up in the book, and knowing I didn’t have to extricate myself for hours. The to-do list is written for the next day, but for now, my only responsibility is reading this book.

I suppose that my ulterior motive for becoming a book reviewer is that I tell myself that yes, I do have to read this book. My audience depends upon it. Don’t mind me: I can be a bit dramatic 😉 .

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<- selfie. Trying to imitate Charlotte Bronte's face on my Kindle. She's being a bit pouty.

What do you guys think? Would you rather read a bit every day or set aside chunks of time to read? Whose face do you have on your Kindle right now? Lemme know.

Also, I just put up a new header and tweaked some font sizes around the site, and added some decorative white wood paneling. I've been wanting to energize that old black header for ages, and I quite like the effect! Very clean and simple.

Aside: yesterday was my 100th blog post 😀

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  • I don’t have a kindle! Should I get one? I think your pose is fabulous. She’d be jealous. And congrats on the post!

    • I had a fight with my Kindle yesterday when I tried to send a book from Netgalley and had to download three different applications to do some fairly illegal shit to read it on there, so no, I don’t think a Kindle is that worth it. I got mine for free and find it useful, but it’s sort of like mp3s: the sound quality is worse but who has room for all that vinyl? I’ll fight for the right to keep my books.

  • hehe the “shelfie” caption made me chuckle. I was going to say that I very much like the new header! I should probably customize my blog at some point, or perhaps buy the gorgeous, but expensive, premium theme that I’ve had my eye on…
    I don’t think a day devoted to reading is a day wasted at all! Perhaps I could do a modification of this, and devote 2-hour chunks of Saturday and Sunday to working on my backlog. Working full-time has that disadvantage, I suppose.

    • It may be a disadvantage to your TBR pile, but having a full-time job is a blessing! Both to your future career and your bank account, which, for me, is woefully low in funds. The advantage to being unemployed for me is to build up this blog as much as possible so I can keep it running when I do become employed!

  • I totally understand where you’re coming from. I was looking for a full-time job for the past few months (finally got one, so don’t give up!) and I always felt guilty if I wasn’t doing something “productive” all the time. But now I’ve realized that reading and writing about books is productive for me, even if that’s just because it’s a stress reliever. I don’t think I could ever devote full days to reading, but I’ve taken to saving the last two hours of the day for reading. It gives me something to look forward to, and it’s a great way to wind down.
    And congrats on your 100th post!

    • Thanks for the encouragement! Writing and reading is also productive for me, but somehow I still feel guilty about it. I should really change that, or prioritize so I have a combination of fun/productive and awful/productive things to fill my day! Setting aside the last two hours of the day to read is a great idea.

  • I’ve been there! But, do not feel guilty. Everyone deserves a time off. You are technically still working for your future. Who knows what opportunities this free time will bring.

    • Very true! Staying creative by writing and reading and being open to opportunities can bring unexpected things! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Congrats on 101 posts! And girl, I feel you on the job search. Also, I love my Kindle, but admittedly I do have a fire so it’s more tablet than e-reader. I also giggled at “shelfie.”

    • Shelfies and selfies=happy blogger! Thanks for the support; searching for jobs kind of sucks your soul. As for the Kindle, I actually like reading on my mom’s iPad more than my Kindle. The fonts are easier on the eyes and it’s more user-friendly! (Plus, it’s free 😉 )

  • Te, shelfie! Love it! I’ve always been an avid reader, but since I moved to Germany (and don’t work in a bookshop anymore) I’ve found myself smack dab in the middle of the most horrendous book slump. The library on base is super slow in receiving new materials, so I’m lucky that I’m still connected to the e-library in the states! That’s the only way I can get new books!
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    • I hate book slumps. This blog keeps me reading and keeps me creative! Thanks for stopping by. I’m gonna enter your giveaway now!

  • Thank you for sharing and Greetings from Gede Prama 🙂

  • 1) I love the word “shelfie.” I’m such a shelfie addict lol. 2) I love your B&N classics stack! Those editions are great. So cheap, well laid out. Mmmm mmm good. 3) I had a job right out of college, but I was so bored by it that I alternated between spending all my spare time reading and tipping so far into the void of boredom that I didn’t even have the energy to read. Even now, when I only work 5-10 hours a week in addition to my studies, I find it hard, not to find extra time for reading, but to make the conscious effort to open the book. I never want to start reading, but I can never stop once I start, and I always find my mind to be in such a fantastic place afterwards. But I like the idea of designated reading time, like setting aside time for loved ones or other important tasks. My mom told me once about a friend who had established fixeds D.E.A.R. times in their house (Drop Everything And Read) when the whole family would stop what they were doing and spend an hour reading. I love that idea.

    • B&N classics are the best! They’re wonderful quality and I love the rainbow of colors. I know what you mean about mustering the effort to open a book. Sometimes it’s so much easier to watch TV at night or spend yet another hour on my laptop wasting time. But it’s true what you said, that your mindset is much improved after a long time spent reading! That D.E.A.R. idea is brilliant. I might steal that!

      Thanks for stopping by!