I probably started reading “The Lost City of Z” back in January and after renewing it at least twice from the library, it was two days overdue today and I was determined to return it. The book is only 277 pages and I still had 90 pages to read. But I took the early afternoon to do so, nevermind that I kind of skimmed some of the pages. Finished.
I don’t get it; I love books. I have a large book collection. But maybe I like the IDEA of reading books more so than reading them. Whenever I have free time, it seems to come down to 3 things:
1) Using the computer
2) Watching TV
And it’s in that order. Don’t get me started on magazines; I feel like I can’t throw them away because someday I will go back and read them. I have Atlantic Monthly magazines from over a year ago. But magazine reading usually happens on an airplane or on the toilet. First, I never fly anymore and I don’t spend enough time on the toilet to read the long articles in Atlantic Monthly.
As for books, I generally read when I get in bed. But if I go to bed at midnight, it doesn’t leave me much time and even if I decide I want to read for 30 minutes, I usually fall asleep within 15 minutes. So that explains why it takes me 2 months to read a book.
I currently have two books I started last YEAR that I don’t know if I can realistically resume. The first is a biography on Herbert Hoover that’s not very long. I should be able to pick that up and continue from where I left off because the previous chapters won’t really factor into it much. However, the second book is a very long novel called “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” by Michael Chabon. I believe this book came highly recommended from Michael J. Fox. This is going to be very difficult to resume because there are a ton of characters and honestly, I don’t think I recall what is happening in the book.
Someday I will stop getting books from the library and read the plethora of books I have on my bookshelf. But for now, time to go read another library book (the LAST Dick Francis) and maybe pepper it with another Diary of a Wimpy Kid book.