No Reading No Care

No Reading No Care.

Except not completely.

It’s a new high for my reading slump this year. The other difference is that I do not feel as bothered by it. I thought developing an affinity for comic books and graphic novels will offset the lack of novels in my reading progress, but turns out 2017 is just not a reading year for me. And it’s okay.

Of course this desire will never ever go away. As in other pursuits, this feeling taught me that it’s okay to go with what I feel like doing and not stick to what I’ve been accustomed to. What it gives is an opportunity for me to miss the activity and something for me to look forward to doing in the future.

But the itch to buy is another matter. These tweets were in the last 48 hours. I have not sold a lot in my online store yet I’ve been getting more than what I have let go. Which is not new to you, if you’ve been following me long enough.

I can channel my overall indifference into plunging into reading but real life hardly agrees. Thus my wish, which I believe have always been mine, since I became an adult:

 

Serial Starter

Tiggereader!Before the four-day break started, I aimed to read five [or more!] books, among other staycation plans.  The fourth day of break is almost over and how did I fare, reading-wise?

Not one book finished…but I started five books!  This is nothing surprising.  Have you visited my [grossly incomplete] currently-reading list on Goodreads?

I don’t want to think it reflects my attitude about commitment in general.  No, no.

So, what books fancied my flimsy eyes and fingers?

1. Eon by Alison Goodman.  Okay, I’m still reading it.  After our book session last Thursday, I planned on finishing it but then the Fully Booked sale happened, so, yup did not finish it.  Progress: page 220/531.

2. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (e-book).  I had a good start with it and I really thought I could breeze through it because the chapters are short.  But it was almost midnight on Saturday, and when the e-reader fell on my face, I decided to give it a rest and get myself some sleep.  I haven’t e-flipped it since.  Progress: Chapter 23/45 [short chapters, you all]

3. The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi.  We instantly hit it off, it being the lone Scalzi book left in Fully Booked [at least when I browsed the “S” shelf] last Saturday.  Yes, it has reference to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, but its plot revolves around a mid-level State Department employee [on Earth] who gravely offended its alien [as in from outer space] counterpart.  Cue mayhem and wry humor.  Anyway, I read it on a relatively short trip home from BGC so… Progress: page 45/396

4. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (e-book).  Lunchtime on Wednesday, two colleagues talked about Ender’s Game in passing in the midst of their book talk.  I took it as my cue to find it in my e-book pile.  I started reading the first 2 pages while crossing the footbridge near the office (hah!).  That same day, my book club friend T raved about slowly making brother O an Ender convert because he asked for her Ender’s Game copy.  Took it as another cue that hey, reading it is such a timely idea.  Fast forward to today — zilch.  Progress: Chapter 1 [Third]/9.

5.  The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon.  I just started it after lunch today, only because I saw it and thought, Hey, imma read you today! [That’s how I steamroll many things in my life, apparently.] We’re doing okay, so far.  My new colored tabs were finally used.  Will I finish it sooner than the others?  It remains to be seen.  Progress: page 107/411 (or Chapter 13/46)

There.  Another busy work week beckons so I will consider it an achievement if I can finish any of the books I named above, or any from my insanely huge pile of  unfinished ones.

Did you get some reading done over the break? 🙂