I used to be a reader

June 30, 2010 at 9:59 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Friends, I have  a problem.  In 2010, I have read…not so many books.  There is no good excuse for this.  For the better part of the year, I have NOT been working 50 hours a week.  I have had more free time than I know what to do with, and yet, I haven’t been reading nearly as much as I did when I was working that much.
So far this year I’ve read:

  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  • The End of Overeating by David A. Kessler
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
  • Imperial Grunts by Robert Kaplan (started this, but only about 3 chapters in)
  • Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (reading now, about halfway through)

All in all, pretty pitiful, especially since I read about 3x as many books in the second half of last year.  Part of the problem is that it took me forever to get through The End of Overeating, because I just didn’t enjoy it and I had to force myself to finish it.  Same with Imperial Grunts. Oh, and I read The Help in one day.

I can see that part of the problem has been with my choices of books.  The other part of the problem, and I really think this is key, is I have so much free time I don’t prioritize. When I was working a ton, I would squeeze in a chapter here, a few pages there, at lunch, in between jobs, right before bed.  Now I just think, ‘Oh, I’ll have time to read later,’ and go back to watching Deal or No Deal re-runs on GSN or some other waste of time.

So please–I ‘d love some suggestions for books I won’t want to put down. I was thinking of reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo next, but I hear that can also be hard to get into.  (Other parameters: I refuse to read Twilight, I love foodie lit–have read most of Ruth Reichl’s books, but I’m open to almost anything at this point).

What’s the best book you’ve read this summer?


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