Monday, June 24, 2013
Are you a one-book-at-a-time person or do you have a constant rotation on your nightstand? I have always been able to only concentrate on one book at once. Possibly because I tend to read a lot of fiction in similar genres and so the idea of confusing things just did not appeal. I preferred immersing myself in one story, with one writer.
Recently though, I seem to have turned that on its head. I have a new book to read for my book club each month (I need to go and pick up our latest, The Roundhouse) which is the one book I will read without question each month. Sometimes I can't manage much more than that but right now I'm reading a lot of nonfiction, especially in the food category.
I just finished reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer and am currently in the middle of The Way We Eat by Peter Singer, with The Organic Manifesto by Maria Rodale sitting patiently waiting on my bedside table.
I also have a project at work requiring me to read six books in the coming weeks and am having to carve time out of my workday to read those (not an unhappy thing, for sure). Currently on that rotation: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. Finally.
Contrary to my previous thinking, I'm actually finding the experience of reading a lot at once incredibly rich. And yes, whodathunkit, my brain can cope with it all. I find I'm more excited about reading (and yes, definitely feeling a slight sense of urgency) and am diving into different books at different times of day. It's quite refreshing.
So, do you read one book at a time or have a stack you're constantly dipping in and out of? I'm so intrigued by how people read.
Top image from Honestly...WTF
Bottom image from Nice Things Daily
First Day of Summer
Friday, June 21, 2013
It's Friday and the official first day of summer. We got woken up last night at 3.00am by the loudest clap of thunder and we're promised storms all week so I guess summer is coming in with a bang.
Still, I'm both excited and relieved that my favourite season is finally here. I look forward to the hot, sprawling, sunny days of summer all year long.
I know this much about this year's summer already: I will read a lot of books (I have to, in fact, for work) which makes me happy; I will attend three weddings, one at a cabin this weekend; I will stay at cabins and camp as much as possible; and finally, I'll try to be outside, away from the city a lot. I love this city but I've found I'm happiest when I can escape at the weekends and give my eyes a rest from all the screens and my mind a rest from its constant worrying and overthinking.
So, here's to all that. Cheers.