What are you reading?

Cover of "Dragon Wing (The Death Gate Cyc...

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My bookshelves are filled with books I love but also far too many I’ve bought but never found the time to read. This has gotten to be more of a problem over the past several years to the point that I’ve had to pretty much stop buying books until I read more of what I already have.

The strategy seems sound, but I sometimes just can’t resist buying a book. I get excited. “This time, I’m going to read it right away,” I tell myself with conviction, “and then I’ll read all those on that shelf too!”

It doesn’t happen.

Work and life get in the way. Exhaustion is the ultimate killer.

When I was a kid – and even in college – I could read and read and read. Reading a good book was more powerful than the Sandman.

I made it a plan this year to work on overcoming that. Starting small – a little reading here, a little there, some more before bed – until I’m back in a habit because I’ve never lost my love of books, just my comfort with letting a good book keep me up until 2am on a work-night.

So what are you reading?

Currently, I’ve got several books I’ve started (a whole other problem I have) which include some Stanislaw Lem, Ursula K. LeGuin, Stephen King, and The House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.

But the one I’m trying to break myself back into the reading habit with is actually one I’ve read before. A long time ago in a AD&D universe far away – Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman – which is the first in The Death Gate Cycle.

I love this book and the entire series when they came out in my adolescence. Dragons. Magic. Violence and mystery. They had it all and I devoured them like candy.

But now… well… let’s just say I’m having trouble getting anywhere.

I trust that the words haven’t changed since I first read them, but I just can’t seem to connect with the writing style anymore. Maybe I’ve turned getting back into a habit into too much work and it’s affecting my perception of the novel? Or could it be that I’ve changed that much? Or… ?

Whatever the reason, I continue to plod on and I need to finish is quickly now because – not only do I have a shelf I promised to read through, but I ordered myself 3 brand new books this week which I’m excited to read.

But not until it’s their turn.

Copyright 2013 by T. E. Wilson

2 responses to “What are you reading?

  1. I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your blog. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your theme? Exceptional work!

    • That you. It’s the Oxygen theme, which I believe is one of the more popular ones. It’s fairly easy to use with a simple and elegant design (in my opinion). My wife (a photographer) has done the majority of helping to set this up – including finding me some wonderful images in the public domain to use. I just provide the written content. Without her help, I probably would’ve hemmed and hawed for months or years to come. Check out her site which also uses the same theme, but to create a gallery of her photography and that of her students.

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