- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
- Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
- Giant Days: Extra Credit by John Alison
- Being Home by Gunilla Norris
- What to Say When You Talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter
- Teen Witch by Silver Ravenwolf
- “King of the Animals” by Josh Russell
- Deep in the Valley by Robyn Carr
Reading Elevation by Stephen King, How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer, Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, Just Over the Mountain by Robyn Carr, The Best Loved Poems of the American People, Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach, Empowered Mama by Lisa Druxman
Honestly, I don’t know how to make time for reading right now. Honestly, I don’t know how to make time for much of anything right now.
This weekend I am hosting my annual Halloween party and at present I haven’t carved pumpkins or cleaned and decorated the basement or even decided that I’m alright with my costume. (It’s lame, a decision based purely on frugality.) I have a list of things to do that I have been carrying around for over a week and the sad thing about it is that there are a number of things that I could knock out in less than 30 minutes if I just did them.
Yesterday I took a “day of rest” and turned off my habit tracking and my to do list. I spent lots of time in bed and on the couch. I snuggled and played with LD. I watched pointless YouTube. I made chorizo stuffed jalapenos. It was wonderful but right now most of the things that I want to do are things that I can’t do with LD around. I can’t play on my computer. I can’t read. I can’t even sit and watch TV. I LOVE that my kiddo wants to spend so much time with me and he’s a ton of fun right now… but when he goes to bed it’s like my brain jumps into hyper mode. I waste so much time deciding what to do that sometimes I end up just going to bed because I’ve run out of time.
Audiobooks are saving my ass right now but listening to those means that I’m not listening to podcasts. The same way that reading is so great and I love it but also there are a literal crap ton of shows and movies that I want to watch right now.
Tonight, I could go home and try to carve pumpkins while LD is awake or I could wait until he goes to bed. I could finish up filling in those couple of holes in the wall so that I can paint over them tomorrow. I could clean up the basement and dig out decorations. I could color and watch TV. I could read with a nice up of tea. I could give up on trying to make it all balance and drink the rest of my beer from the weekend and just let my brain stop.
There are a lot of things vying for my time and vying for my brain space. I have a hard time making decisions even though I know that MAKING THEM is the hard part. After that it’s usually smooth sailing.
Still, I know enough to know when my reading is in dire straights. For now I need to get one thing straight: I’m most likely not going to read 50 pages of a book each day right now. Would it hurt me to aim for 10? This isn’t all or nothing, you know.
I did finish quite a bit this week! What to Say When You Talk to Yourself was a slooooow read for me but I took a lot from it. I’m not planning on writing a review for it, as I don’t think I read it fast enough to write anything cohesive, but I am actively putting some of the concepts to work in my life. I revisited Teen Witch, which I read 20 years ago, because it was my first book on Pagansim/Wicca and I wanted to kind of follow my own trail. I realized that there are a lot of things I got from this book that I still use in my life even if I now find some of it to be, well, watered down and the tone to be a little condescending. I imagine I ignored that tone the first time I read it. “King of the Animals” was a One Story that Hubby left in his car for months and I just got and it was TERRIFYING. It shouldn’t have been but it was and it gave me freaking nightmares. Finally, Deep in the Valley was exactly the kind of book I was looking for when I asked for a “small town, contemporary romance full of quirky characters, not a lot of hot stuff, and not a lot of religion.” It was downright readable and I super enjoyed it.
Not all is lost! Let us have our books and read them too!