Some of you will remember that at the beginning of this year, I vowed to make reading time a priority in 2012. To help me, I signed up for the Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge so I could keep track of books I wanted to read (well, and so I could get a cool progress meter thingy for my blog’s sidebar).
So here we are, a third of the way through the year, and how am I doing? My stated goal was to read 30 books in 2012.
Well, looky there—so far I’ve read 11 books this year. (To many of you, I’m sure that sounds like not much at all. To those people I say, SHUT UP. In 2011 I only had time to read 13 books all year. Don’t kill my buzz.)
Earlier in the year, I had a list of books I wanted to read, so I got on the waiting list at the library for them. [Sidebar: public libraries rule, y’all. They are important and wonderful and I literally can’t imagine life without them.] Every now and then, I get a robotic call from the library telling me that “An item you requested…is ready to pick up.” Which is nice, because I’ve had a steady stream of reading material coming in all year. This system has been working great for me.
UNTIL NOW. Suddenly my biggest reading challenge is not being able to keep up with my waiting list books as fast as they come in. And these items aren't renewable, because other people are waiting for them. I have two books out, two books waiting. So...about 1700 pages to read by the end of the month. (Before this library onslaught, I actually bought a book with actual money--well, a gift card--and two friends loaned me books. Oh, and I got two books for Christmas that I haven’t cracked open yet. Not to mention a backlog of magazines. All of these will just have to wait now.)
So yeah, reading material is piling up and there may soon be a reading gridlock here at Boogaloo Acres. But that’s okay. As problems go, “too many books” is right up there with “too much wine.” I’ll take it. I feel more like me when I'm reading a lot.
It feels good—downright luxurious, actually--to once again have a work schedule that gives me some down time and doesn’t require my home life to be full of constant multi-tasking, so I can focus on really letting myself get absorbed in a good book.
What have you been reading lately?