It’s totally possible that I’ve damaged two of the relationships most central to my life.
I’m talking, of course, about books and food.
I didn’t think there was anything wrong. Then I was lying in bed at 3pm on a Sunday afternoon, thinking wistfully of the Girl Scout cookies I had eaten half a sleeve of not an hour before and skimming the final few pages of The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriageunder a…
nonnonmodernist asked: how much time per day do you spend reading / how many books did you read this year?
Well, in the grand scheme of things, I probably don’t read as much as you and the rest of the internet think that I do. I have found recently though that most people still feel I read astronomically more than they do.
Like many addicts, I am always reading. I went to a birthday party for my roommate last night with a paperback stuffed in my pocket. I read 5 pages on the subway during the stretch when we were seated apart from each other. I read the back of cereal boxes, toothpaste tubes, and packing labels.
I am drawn to the written word.
At any given time, I am reading 1-4 novels simultaneously. When I have time off from work, I average 3-4 hours of reading a day. When I am overwhelmed, under-rested, and generally stretched too thin, I squeeze in 3 hours at the end of the day, swearing off the internet and television in favor of muted lighting and a closed door. On an average, well-rested day, I am limited to 2 hours for the commute and a few minutes before bed.
I would guess that I average 52 books a year. There are things I devour in less than 24 hours - even reading with the book under my desk or on my cell phone at work. There are things like 1Q84 that I have literally been reading for years. And there are books that I will pick up and read passages from when I need them. For those - Little Women, Ex Libris and The Hero & The Crown are most popular. I haven’t actually kept count of my reading for a while.
Maybe I will in 2014.
reads-with-dogs asked: 55 reading questions 3 8 9 15 20 33 37 39 41
3. Nothing at the moment, I’m ashamed to say. When your TBR pile threatens suffocation, you stop putting things on hold at the library for self-preservation.
8. No. Reading is central to my life. It comes before everything else.
9. *whispers* I’m reading an ARC right now that I don’t love but requested because I was really excited about it. I don’t want to bad mouth it by name, but it is slow.
15. I like to book lend! I like it even more when I get the books back. *glares at Cates*
20. It can be a turn of phrase, a character, an image. My favorites have always been imagery though, I think. If I feel like I can smell the setting in the back of my nose, that’s a good book.
33. Moby Dick which I read for fun the summer between years of graduate school.
37. Only once and that’s because they wouldn’t let me take anything else out until I brought it back.
39. Oh Mrs. Danvers
41. I read all the time. That question is irrelevant.
Crime and mystery novels are not normally my genres of choice. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good who-done-it, but I’m more likely to grab a little literary fiction or fantasy when set loose in a bookstore. But when I heard that best selling and…
Or reading a romance novel.
Or reading Watchmen.
Oh god. Reading Watchmen on the metro in DC was one of the most traumatizing experiences of the four years I lived there. SMALL CHILDREN SAT NEXT TO ME.