|My "To Read" basket, not to be confused with my "To Donate" basket.|
|The chair pile, ready to be swapped with friends and relatives.|
|The sofa table pile -- books I haven't finished, but will probably come back to, or books I have finished, but will probably want to refer to in the near future.|
|The coffee table pile -- books I am currently reading.|
|The to-be-read shelves, containing those that are slightly less compelling than the ones in the to-be-read basket.|
I spend an hour or so each day, before dawn, writing in my ordinary journals, an hour or two writing posts for my two blogs (not to mention all the time I spend scouting for ideas and taking photos for them). Now I'm trying to work art journaling into the routine as well.
I'm taking two on-line classes at the moment, both of which require a good bit of reading time, in addition to the recipe-cooking and art-making time. And, it's not just the lesson reading that takes up one's time, there's also the online community you become a part of with each class you take, through the sharing of comments, asking and answering questions, and posting photos of what you have created -- communities that often last long after the class has ended, or follow each other from class to class!
Last but certainly not least, there is the time spent on emails and facebook. Need I say more? Is it any wonder that I have so much trouble finishing a book these days? But oh my my, how I do love a book that is so compelling, right from the get-go, that it wraps itself around me like a boa constrictor, squeezing out everything else. Books like The Help, Harry Potter, Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, Under the Tuscan Sun and The Lotus Eaters. I could really use another one of those right now. When's the last time you read a book like that? What was it?