Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Books

Several of my blogging friends post regularly reviews of the books they have read recently.  I wish I could do the same thing but that would be a very short list.  I set a goal for myself at the beginning of the year to read 24 books this year.  I thought this would be an easy goal to accomplish because it was only 2 books a month.  So far, I have read 6 books this year and only because I read 2 books in that glorious 36 hours I was sans baby last month.  Rather than reading 2 books a month, it has been more like a book every 2 months.

Now I love to read but I have a hard time reading more than one book at a time, mostly because I get so absorbed in a book that I don't want to put it down.  I actually had a boyfriend in college get mad at me because we were on a trip and I wouldn't stop reading and pay attention to him.  He wasn't a reader so he didn't understand getting completely lost in the world of a book.  I am thrilled that Chris shares my love for reading because he understands and won't complain about it when I do the same thing.  I'll admit there are some books that it is hard for me to return to reality after reading them because I do get so lost in their world (ie. Harry Potter, Hunger Games).

I enjoy reading so much that I am frustrated by the fact I haven't been able to do a lot of it recently.  Mostly it is taking care of Jackson has taken my focus away from books.  If I tried to sit down with a book while he is playing on the weekends, he would try to take it away from me so I can focus my attention on him.  There is nothing wrong with this.  It just limits my time set aside for reading.  I also used to read a lot before bed.  That isn't an option as much anymore since I go to bed earlier most nights in order to wake up early for work.  So my prime reading time is when I travel which we've discussed doesn't happen very often.  Instead I will start a book, read the first 50 or so pages, and then leave it untouched for months before I give up on it completely.  I tried to start reading The Help three times but I can't seem to devote enough time to in order to get truly sucked in so I can't seem to finish it.  That has been the case with most of my attempts to read this year.  I am hoping as Jackson grows and becomes more independent I will get some of my time back.  Until then, I guess I will just have to settle for reading when I have time alone rather than as a source of relaxation.

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