Nov 13, 2010

Busy bookworm fail

I have not been reading nearly as much as I want to lately. And I think it's because I've been trying to make things too structured. (Isn't it normally that someone talks about not having enough structure or routine?)

I'm in two books clubs - one with friends, one with a couple co-workers, and between that and trying to get through my lists of book I was hoping to read this year, it's starting to get to me. So for the first time in my life - I'm throwing out my lists.

Sorry - I know it's a good thing but even typing that gives me a mini-panic attack. *Deep breath*

I like being in my book clubs and I'll continue to read the books we choose, but other than that I'm going to read what I want when I want. I'm not going to put any restrictions on myself, and we're just going to see how much reading I get done that way. If it's a lot great, if not, that's fine too.

So...busy bookworm challenge? You were fun, but you're being kicked the curb.
  1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  2. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (review here)
  4. Dreams my Father Told Me by Barack Obama
  5. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  6. 1984 by George Orwell
  7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  8. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (review here)
  9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  10. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink (review here)
  11. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (review here)
  12. American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld (review here)
  13. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (review here)
Do you ever get overwhelmed by books you want to read? Anyone else throwing out their list?

Happy weekend!

(Photo: The SoHo)


Brittany said...

good for you getting rid of the list! when you love something as much as becky <3's reading, a list is hardly necessary anyway.

i do hope you get to read poisonwood bible someday. one of my favorite books ever.

and yes, i definitely get overwhelmed by the books i want to read...which is why i paid the library close to $10 in late fees last week. :/ bad library patron, bad!

Amber said...

I currently have TWO books on the go, Love Walked In and Blink. I can't REALLY get into either of them so I only spend about 10 minutes a day reading. If I'm really into a book I can spend hours a day reading!

I think throwing out the lists is a fabulous plan! Reading is NOT something you need to stress yourself out over :-)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Hooray for throwing out the list! Reading is too fun of a hobby, when it starts to be something you cross off a to do list, you know things need to change.

I totally over committed to TLC book tours this summer and reading started to feel like a chore instead of a hobby, so I took a step back and now I review way less books. I think I was just like, 'ooo, ooo, free books, sign me up!' Now I know it needs to be in moderation because I don't like feeling too stressed by a book review deadline.

That said, I barely read in the month of october. Partially because work was busy and I've got this new boy in my life and all. And then throw in the fact that I have been knitting like a madwoman, trying to finish my friend's baby blanket, and well, I am not reading much. :( I hope that changes in Decmeber or January. But I really need an awesome book to re-attract me to read. I have felt sort of blah about what i have been reading lately!!

Nora said...

Um, you are talking to someone who has 40+ books to read, so overwhelmed? Heck yes. I've not been reading as much as I'd like lately either and it's making me crazy. I'm trying to get back into it and I really think that now that it is cold and blustery it will change my reading habits. At least I hope so.

Nicole said...

Even if you are throwing out your list, you did a pretty good job considering the books you picked. I find myself wanting to read books other than my original list. I'm trying to do a balance between finishing as much as my list as I can, but I'm not keeping myself from reading anything that's not on my list. Because who knows when I good book is going to pop up!

Lucy The Valiant said...

Good for you! It's no good if reading starts to be a chore!

Stephany said...

Reading is something that is forever something I see as a treat. It's something I enjoy and I'm not going to give myself lists and deadlines for it. I just read what I want to read and don't pay attention to what the "good" books are. For me, it's my escape and the one thing I don't worry too much about! :)

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

i am always overwhelmed with reading. there are so many books that i want to read and so many books i owen that i need to read that sometimes i cant even read cuz i stress myself out about it too much!

Megan said...

Out of all of those books, The Bell Jar is the only one I've read. How sad is that?

I have a huge stack of books, and I keep buying more, but I need to actually READ them. I have a problem with re-reading my favorite books and not starting new ones. (Like, right now, I'm re-reading Girl, Interrupted.)

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