This week’s Booking Through Thursday topic is to answer a couple of time related questions.
Do you get to read as much as you want to read?
As with most passions my first answer is, not surprisingly, no. I often dream of taking a reading holiday. In my dream I don’t have to do anything: not see a sight, take a tour, frolic with family or hike a hill. I would lie on a gently rocking swing of some sort with a pile of books by my side and a constant supply of drinks with umbrellas in them. In the end though I’ll keep it as a fantasy because I suspect that, as with all good things, you can have too much and I’d hate for one of my life’s great enjoyments to become something mundane. I think, perhaps, that I enjoy the limited amount of reading-for-pleasure minutes that I have precisely because they are limited. I squeeze reading time out of busy days or allocate it to myself as a reward for doing something unpleasant (like housework or not falling asleep in a meeting) and so I really appreciate it. If I had an unlimited supply of reading hours I just might not appreciate them as much as I do now.
If you had (magically) more time to read–what would you read? Something educational? Classic? Comfort Reading? Escapism? Magazines?
I read a lot of stuff I’m not terribly interested in as part of my job. So any magically available time would be spent on reading for escape, comfort and entertainment. In other words more of the same sort of things as I review on this blog. A couple of years ago I had a discussion with a woman on my morning bus ride to work. We were stuck in an abnormal traffic delay and I remarked that at least we both had our books with us so it wouldn’t be too bad. She grimaced and said she was only reading hers because her a colleague had loaned it to her but she was bored to tears by it and she really wanted to be reading the Jane Green novel she’d bought some weeks before. I realised I had often wished to be reading something else myself and that was the moment I decided that I would never again struggle through someone else’s idea of a worthy book that must be read. I’ll give most things a go but when I stop enjoying the reading experience then I switch to something else.