My Problem with Books

15 Jul

It’s quite simple really: So many books, so little time!

I have books stacked neatly in every corner of my bedroom but no matter how fast I read or try to get through them the pile just seems to get bigger, or probably more likely never shrinks. As quickly as I have placed a book in the “Read” pile, one or two find themselves joining the “Unread” pile. It’s a never ending cycle. I imagine it’s a bit like trying to clear the driveway of snow while it’s still snowing. Nevertheless, I plow on regardless (pun not intended but I’ll go with it).

The one God-send about an hour commute into work on public transport is that, for the first time in my life, I do have the time to read. No excuses. It can be fun to lose myself in a book and forget about how long the journey is. I used to travel an hour (or more because of the traffic around Warrington) to work by car which meant that the option of  reading was a no-go. I would miss the time that I have to read. It is a luxury that many people don’t have in modern times. So much time is dedicated to work, travelling to work and relationships that simple past times like reading are sadly forgotten.

I, on the other hand, would love to dedicate a much greater proportion of time to reading and not just because I need to clear some space in my bedroom.

If there was a job where I would just be able to sit and read for 8 hours a day, I would happily do it. But just reading you understand: no writing review or rating books just the actual reading. It’s not going to happen I think but I can still have some hope.

I have read several books list that tell you top 100 books that you must read in your lifetime; a bit like a Bucket List but for books (an example of one is here http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml). And there are some on lists like this that I would like to read but look a little daunting. Think James Joyce’s Ulysses, which I would love to read but it’s long and requires long periods of concentration.

I found the picture below on the internet and I am pretty sure that it was written about me.

 

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