The Booking Through Thursday question from this past week interested me:
1. Do you get to read as much as you WANT to read?
(I’m guessing #1 is an easy question for everyone?)
2. If you had (magically) more time to read–what would you read? Something educational? Classic? Comfort Reading? Escapism? Magazines?
Actually question #1 isn’t easy for me. I often wish that I had more time to read, but the truth is that if I had more time to read, I’m not sure I’d use it for reading. The thing is, I love reading (clearly), but there’s a limit to what I can read before I need to give my mind a break. I can only absorb so much before I feel overwhelmed. So as much as I sometimes long for hours and hours in which to read, the reality is that if I had them, I’d find myself getting restless and losing focus.
I think the issue for me is that I need a significant amount of time to process the stories and ideas I’ve read. I’m similar in the way I deal with people — I love seeing with friends, but I need plenty of time afterward to process what happened, to think it through, maybe to turn it into a little narrative, to figure out how I might recount the day to Hobgoblin or to another friend. Books are like friends in this way — I need plenty of time with them and plenty of time without them.
Anyway, if I magically had more time to read, and also had more endurance and focus for reading, I’d read more of … well, everything. More classics, more contemporary fiction, more comfort reading, more nonfiction, more mysteries, more philosophy, more biographies, more essays. A little bit of everything, please.