Come to the end of high school and into university, and I just didn't have the time anymore. I was working, studying, spending time with friends or my boyfriend, and reading got pushed aside. Once I graduated and started working full-time, I was so tired after work that any time I attempted to read, I would immediately fall asleep.
A couple of years ago, I truly started to miss my old pastime. Reading was relaxing for me and something I really enjoyed. I needed to get back into setting aside some time to let myself just read for enjoyment and not only for work.
In all of that time, the one thing I never stopped doing was buying books. I absolutely love bookstores - they're a happy place for me. Even the smell of new books gets to me. Which left me with a large amount (let's say 70+ books) that I haven't read.
With that pile to tackle, the perfectly logical next step was to start taking books out of the library. Don't ask me why....I guess that there were still new books that I wanted to read, but I've realized just how much money I've spent on books in the last decade and wanted to try to curb that habit?
At this point, I always have a pile of books around. Sometimes I get through one quickly - in a day or two - and other times life gets busy and I may read the same book for two, three, or even four weeks.
These are the ones I have in my living room right now....I'm further along in some than others.
419 by Will Ferguson
This is for a book club that I try my best (but often fail) to keep up with. I'm about 100 pages in right now, and there are a few points of view that are being woven together. Most of them are pretty interesting so far, except for one that I'm having a hard time with. I'm hoping that last point of view/story line picks up quickly.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I've been reading Cassie's blog for awhile now (because it's great), and when she started up an online book club, I knew I was in. I like taking suggestions on great books, so this was a no brainer. I haven't started this one yet because I just picked it up from the library, but I have until the end of December, so I'll start it as soon as I'm done 419.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
This one is for work. The first time I read this book was in my first year of university for my Intro to English Lit class. I had left it until three days before it was due (figuring that I was a quick reader and it wouldn't be a problem). Reading this book in three days was near torture. I'm taking my time now and liking it much more the second time around.
Thrive by Dan Buettner
Another one that I just picked up today and haven't started yet. Last week I went through all of the notes in my iPhone and wrote down all of the books titles that I've jotted down over the past year or two. This was one of them. I think I saw him or heard about it on Oprah, but I'm not 100% sure. Anyways, I looked up the books on the app I have for my local library and they've started to come in now. I'm saving this one to read over Christmas vacation.
I think those four will take up most of the free time I have in December.