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?
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.