Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Blew Off the Evening to Read

Library BooksSo I stopped at the library after work yesterday to pick up a CD I’d been wanting to listen to, but can’t ever seem to find on the shelf.

Reserves are right near the door, so I could have stopped there, checked it out and left — which was my intent. But no, my brain had other ideas and I found myself walking past the books-for-sale and the 7-day loans (for the most popular books!) and deeper into the stacks of the library.

In no time at all, I had a pile of books in my arms.

And when I got home, I dove right in…finishing one entire novel, reading 76 pages of a second, and (sheesh, help me now) 47 pages of a third (this due to the fact that I couldn’t decide which to read first.) While I was reading second, the third just sat beside me, accusingly…aching to be read. I couldn’t help myself.

To make matters worse, I’m already reading a fabulous novel which I’m reviewing for SFReader (Elaine Isaak’s The Singer’s Crown …and I have Beth Bernobich’s Passion Play on tap to review for the Goodread’s First Reader program.

Good thing I’m a fast reader.

Still…it’s like a sickness, this reading thing. Just like writing (I can’t stop myself from doing that, either.)

Anyone else addicted to reading?

5 comments to Blew Off the Evening to Read

  • Sue

    If I’m not hiking or fishing I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing. Hubby really has no idea of how many books I have stashed all over the house!! I remember my mother and her mother reading all their lives, so I’m sure it’s in my genes. I believe I passed some of that down to your husband of awesome!

  • I get like that, too! It’s like I can’t stop. I will randomly pick up books and -whoosh!- 2-3 hours have passed and I’ve read a book. My writing does that, too… it is crazy.

    We have more books than ANYTHING in this house, perhaps even grains of rice or grains of flour. The only room without books is the upstairs bathroom because the steam will hurt them. Besides that, every room, every hall, EVERYWHERE are books. And one or both of us are usually going through 1-2 at a time. 🙂

    Yay reading!!

    • Hi Trish! We have books in every room, too. And we have these two humongous bookshelves in the upstairs bath – they’re built-ins, right over the jacuzzi. I keep trying to figure out a way to put some books in there without damaging them! I don’t have enough towels to fill the space. 🙂

  • Victoria

    YES! I read like crazy, too. I can’t fall asleep w/o reading, but then I get involved in the story and end up staying up all night reading the whole book! Several years ago my hubby got my matching bookcases for our front room for xmas (only from Target, but that’s because I needed 9 of them for that room alone!) for my fiction book. And I have already run out of space. I also get books from the library weekly, stop at the thrift stores and the used book stores when I run errands, etc. We are now talking about an eReader for xmas this year just to save space 🙂 Now we just have to figure out which one to get.
    I will say I do tend to only read one book at a time though (not counting short stories online). Of course I do tend to read a book in about a day or 2 at most. But I like to get into the characters while reading so tend to stick with just one at a time.
    Vicky

    • Hi Vicky!

      You and I are definitely kindred spirits. I read before I go to sleep at night, too. And more than once my bleary-eyed Husband of Awesome™ has rolled over and asked, “Do you realize it’s 3 a.m.?”

      I’m jealous of your bookshelves! When we moved out of our other house we had nine bookshelves. We couldn’t fit them all in this house when we moved in…bigger house, but many more windows. There was just no place to put them! I know that’s part of my problem.

      I read ebooks on my Ipod…I love it, especially when I’m traveling. It’s small, but you can adjust the type size, so that doesn’t seem to matter (at least to me). It’s light, which is great. I’ve had the opportunity to read on the Ipad, and I find it too heavy for casual carry…on the other hand, it’s got a lot of nice features. Let me know what you choose! I’m still gathering data for my own decision of whether to “move up” to something better or not.

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