I haven't been reading much lately. Pre blog I used to average about five books a week. Post blog I have read three books so far in 2011. (The Time Traveler's Wife, Taking Lottie Home, and some chick lit I can't remember the title of.) (What is the proper way to denote a major work of fiction now that underlining means it is a website? Anyone?)
I miss reading and recently realized I need to resume. My dad lent me a Ken Follet book. It is a work of fiction set in the time period around World War I. (My students think I am so "cute" for reading this in my leisure time. Hello? I teach U.S. History.)
Wow. Maybe I should have eased back into reading with a light romance, or maybe a short story.
I began reading it on Saturday and am now on page 270. The plot just started to roll after 200 pages of lengthy, but very interesting character introduction.
I woke up Monday with sore arms and I couldn't figure out why. I don't lift during the racing season. I finally realized I had been lying on my back reading the book outside and my triceps were sore. I bet that book weighs about fifteen pounds. It is kind of like leisure reading and a workout all at the same time.
My dad thought I was on to something and suggests that in future I tape a barbell to all my reading material.
I came in late from track workout last night and thought I would read a little while I ate dinner. My oldest was sitting next to me doing homework and three out of the remaining four were in bed. I figured it was a good time to read without being interrupted by people who can't reach anything they need or who want me to chase them. I was wrong. Ty continually started telling me long stories about this and that which ultimately had no point.
I finally said, "Ty. What does it mean to you when a person is quiet and looking at the open pages of a book?"
His reply, "You have to read, but you would like a distraction."
When I started falling asleep last night I tried to toss the tome onto my nightstand. My night stand fell over. I now have to have Dad reinforce it. (Not really.)
Pre blogging I used to carry around a small notebook with the names of all the books I wanted to read in it. Sometimes I had a list of over fifty titles I would look for at the used book store. Currently I have two or three lists of two or three books and I can never find the lists.
Do you have a system for keeping up with books you want to read?
Summer will be here in just 22 short days, not that I am counting. I plan to resume my library and reading habits so I would like to know from you what is the single BEST book you have read lately? (Just so you know I do not read fantasy, or sci fi. I just can't hack it, but if you think you have read one that is phenomenal I might try it. Maybe.)
Also, has blogging affected your reading habits?