i used to be a bookworm. this was right after the phase where i hated to read because the words kept on moving around. well, i got past that, although sometimes if i’m tired or stressed i have to concentrate super hard on letters to make them fit together right, and in the summer before 4th grade i became a legitimate bookworm. i spent most of my time in my 4th and 5th classes blatantly reading nonclass materials under the desk, and most of my time outside of classes neglecting my loves for my new best friends dostoevsky and ezra pound (what can i say? i’ve always been ambitious). i got a little better at balancing social commitments with book time in middle school, but most lunchtimes, you could find me squirreled away in the library, reading just one more book of fiction or flipping through volumes of poetry.
well, all that changed when i got to high school and instantly had so much WORK dumped on me that i barely had time to sleep, let alone read.
two thirds of the way through my junior year, i have FINALLY figured out the intricacies of the high school balancing act. extracurriculars and cocurriculars and homework and social time AND sleep are all finally looking like a possibility. and you know, maybe a little time for watching movies, too, and listening to music, and, yes, reading outside of class work. i’ve decided to jumpstart myself back into reading by attempting one book a week. of course, the key word here is ‘attempting;’ i read fast as hell but with only ten minutes to spare a day, i’m not promising any _crime & punishment_s.
right now on my desk i have an assortment of books – the collected short stories of ernest hemingway (the book i finished last week!), eat pray love (halfway done!), the shock doctrine (partway done!), the best american short stories of 1989 (my comfort food – also halfway done), an assortment of poetry, some texts for school, and james joyce’s ulysses. which i love, and have read before, but somehow i don’t think i’m getting through that in a week, especially considering that i look up about 5 words a page, at best. with any luck, i’ll be able to finish one of these books this week. i’m looking at eat pray love, which is turning out to be a really quick read, but i have so much work to do that i might just pull out my trusty book of short stories instead! we shall see.
11:05 AM next day – two thirds of the way through eat pray love.
SATURDAY – finally sat down and finished eat pray love... one week done! and i still have a day off to relax and maybe start a new book! it’s perfect.