I just picked up a new library haul yesterday (Celine by Peter Heller and Your Money Or Your Life by Vicki Robin). I am in a reading groove so far this year! Taking an instagram break has probably helped with this.
We also haven’t been watching really any TV for a while, which is kind of a shame, but it seems like books / TV is a mostly an either / or proposition for me, since my main time slot to read is right before going to sleep.
THAT SAID – Station Eleven had me shutting my office door to devour pages at lunch, which honestly is something I could probably do more often (it’s a nice break!).
Some other reading-related notes:
- I cannot figure out why I don’t want a GoodReads account, but . . . I don’t. Maybe I just don’t want one more account to log into. Maybe I can’t deal with the idea that my record would be incomplete (because how could I add every book I have ever read?). Who knows?
- LIBRARY HOLD LIST MANAGEMENT is key to maintaining my momentum — though it is true I could BUY a book (electronically or otherwise) if truly desparate.
- I have an arbitrary goal of reading 50 pages whenever I sit down to read, though sometimes there just isn’t time (or I’m falling asleep, though if the book is good enough this doesn’t usually happen). I’m not sure how long 50 pages takes. 45 minutes? An hour? I am not a super fast reader.
Thoughts on Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel:
I hated it, and I loved it. It actively stressed me out while I was reading it, which is not something I particularly like in my reading life. At the same time, it was beautiful in some ways and the characters were rich and appealing. And there was something about it that compelled me — strongly — to keep reading. I am not entirely sure I’m happy to have read it, because it’s a bit haunting and not necessarily in a positive way. BUT, I couldn’t stop once I started. (How’s that for an obtuse book review!?!?)
Also finished in January: The Lager Queen of Minnesota, by Ryan Stradal (same author as my beloved Kitchens of the Great Midwest). MUCH lighter read, but still with some depth and interesting characters/relationships. I didn’t like it QUITE as much as Kitchens but it was enjoyable. Would make a nice plane or vacation read (esp if headed to northern US!). Josh read it too and is now dying to brew his own beer.