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.
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 😉 .
<- 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 😀