I love books. LOVE them. The problem I have is lack of time to read. In fact, during those years of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding my three children, I kind of forgot to read there for a while. (Although, Hubby bought me The Girl With The Pearl Earring just after the 7yo was born, and I took great pleasure in reading it during his night feeds in those first couple of weeks after his birth.) After the 4yo came along, I found myself hitting the ground running every morning, and didn't stop until I collapsed in to bed - too tired to even think about picking up a book.
However, a few years ago, when the 4yo was a year old, and life became a little more manageable, I made a pact with myself: that I would read at least 15 minutes per day. Just before bed or whenever I could fit it in, but it had to be every. day. I did pretty well. I read a number of books I had been dying to read for a while, including Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre which is one of my fave books of all time now. (Although, I also loved The Great Gatsby - yet another book Hubby bought me.)
Lately, I haven't committed to reading as much. I'm still reading books, but there are some days I don't even pick one up at all. (Terrible!) Life has been busy. However, this hasn't stopped me from constantly buying new books. I'm so drawn to new books - it's very naughty - and all I need is a closing down sale at Borders to give me an excuse to buy more. *sigh* Hence, I have found myself with a rather impressive stack of books I'm yet to read or am currently reading. Are you ready? (To be honest, some are missing from here I think - eg Still Alice which I'm reading right now.) Here it is...
As you can see, I have a rather diverse interest in books. It's not unusual for me to juggle two or three books at a time either. Right now, I'm reading two books, alternating between the two depending on my mood (one is a heavier subject matter, the other is light). Some books, I start then lose interest in, as I'm not in the right frame of mind for them at the time, or something else comes along and takes my fancy, so I set it aside. There's at least four books in that pile I've commenced reading and they remain only partly read. I'll get back to them eventually!
I tend to favour biographies and memoirs, but occasionally I'll read some fiction. I'm keen to read some Lisa Heidke books (I chat with her on Twitter - she is so lovely!) - especially What Kate Did Next as I've heard a lot about that from other friends who loved it. Also, I've heard some great things about Kate Morton's book The Distant Hours, and as soon as Kylie Ladd's new book comes out in July, I'll be grabbing myself a copy. (Her book, After the Fall, was my fave read of last year.)
So I've made myself another pact: No buying any new books until I at least reduce this pile a little. I'm also going to make sure I don't miss out on my daily reading anymore. Life's too short not to read.
What's in your book pile at the moment? What kind of books do you like to read, and what books do you want to read in the near future?
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