Reading and Time

I just found that WordPress has a “writing prompt”, much like Day One’s journal prompt. Today’s was “what do you want to read?”. Ok, I’ll run with that, in a manner of speaking.

I always want to read more than I find the time for. This has been a problem (is it really a problem?) for my whole life, though. I think I’d be happy reading for hours a day if I didn’t have so many other responsibilities. Not complaining — the other things I do are important! — but what it leads to is I always have a reading list that stretches out into an unreasonably long point in the future. The singularity of reading lists, so to speak.

I read in 3 forms: paper, Kindle, and Audible. And I usually have more than one going in each form at the same time. Right now I have going on:

  • The Book of Joy (Audible)
  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (Audible)
  • Oliver Twist (Audible)
  • The Magician’s Nephew (Kindle)
  • Introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Kindle)
  • My Antonia (Kindle)
  • The DevOps Handbook (Kindle)
  • Conan: Blood of the Serpent (paper)
  • Once Upon a Time Machine (paper)

So yeah, 9 books: I have a problem. You understand, I’m actively working on (reading at least once a week) almost all of them. How many people do something like this? How odd is this reading style? One of the issues is I want to keep up with my kids’ reading from school, and since they go to a classical liberal arts Catholic school, there’s a lot of reading. Then I want to keep up with technical books, philosophical books, nerd books, and Important Books.

OK, time to put aside the keyboard and pick up one of the above books!

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