Are you, as I am, reading less these days? In my youth, I read everything. And I mean hard cover books, full price – dozens a year. Maybe 1,000 total!
I’m ashamed to say that this year, if I’ve read maybe 15 books, (with half on audiobooks, to make my commute bearable (before I got laid off in April, leaving more time to not read.)
What am I doing instead? Oh, casting spells on enemies, burning furniture for firewood to cut down on utility costs and culling my diet to 2 children’s milkshakes a day at Steak N Shake. Under $10 and 10,000 calories a day.
Otherwise I sleep alarming amounts of time – a record of 17 hours straight – once with the flu and once with a post-Halloween Hangover.
In my spare time – I look at things that are broke and wonder how to fix them or how to find a man to fix them. Last summer, every light in my house went out at the same time. I had an incomprehensible “main blue line” break (wasn’t that Lou Reed’s first solo album?) that flooded my street until a line of neighbors armed with pitchforks and torches rammed through my door, demanding repair.
And then there’s the Internet. Facebook and a new grandchild every day. Shocking Twitter pornography and football fans. Kim Kardashian’s butt and dyed-blonde eyebrows.
All this has severely cut down on my reading time. Not to mention writing. I’m supposed to be a writer? HAHAHAHAHA. LOL. LMAO. ETC., IBID, Et al!! I am but a shadow of my former erudite, pretentious self.
I’m tired of days with no accomplishments beyond blaming my ex-husbands and sons for their atrocities. Enough is enough.
I am going to read every damn book on this list – even the ones I’ve ALREADY read. AND I’m doing within this year. Will someone, anyone, please join me? It’s a huge commitment, I know. But are we not men? What else do we unemployed bums have to do? See the list, in alphabetical order.
I want to thank my one follower in Azerbaijan, yes Azerbaijan! I’m sure you’ll join us. I am exempting myself only from “Infinite Jest,” as I’ve read it cover to cover and it took me from July to December. And that was my old voraciously reading self.
I’m starting alphabetically, tonight with Saul Bellow’s “The Adventures of Augie March”
The author Phillippa Gregory said “don’t read popular genres and say ‘I can do better than that – read the best of the best and try to do better!”
Leave your name in the comment section, and we’ll compare notes.
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December 5, 2014.