I had fully intended that last week I would be a good blogger and finally publish my thoughts on The Hound of the Baskervilles. Then this week, I could catch up on odds ‘n’ ends, maybe an updated Children’s Classics suggestion list. But. Somebody perhaps can explain how, thanks to cutting work hours down to 24 a week through the end of the year, I have more time than ever, yet cannot get anything done? Or so it seems. I blame the holidays. (Shopping’s done though!)
So I’ve revised my plans. The Baskerville post is finally done AND scheduled (really, I should take advantage of that feature more often), and I’m still catching up today.
I was a bit dismayed when I was thinking about my posts here of late–very little in the way of writing about specific books. Which, yes, means I’ve not read much lately. Barely a thing since As I Lay Dying. Although, I am over one-hundred pages into my long-anticipated reread of The Lord of the Rings. I’ve decided though, I’m taking at least one of the two days I have off this week and spending it just on reading. How luxurious does that sound? I think I’ll pick whichever is colder. (Looks like Tuesday!)
A coworker of mine the other day was talking about how she’s always in a hurry with everything she does and that she’d like to not be. I think, yes, that’s me. I feel like I’m always bumping against deadlines–real or self-made–and becoming more stressed over “all I have to do” than I need to be. I’m looking at the list of books I want to finish/read before the end of the year–Mansfield Park, The Lord of the Rings, Little Women Part II, Anne of Green Gables–and thinking “I don’t have enough time.” But the deadline is my own imposition, it’s artificial. Three of those really could double for my January plans. And if I have to push my Ohio project off a little to finish other books, so what?
My desire to avoid artificial deadlines is one of my reasons for avoiding challenges for 2014. (At least challenges not of my own making.) However. I’m not always good at sticking to my own intentions. I already said that I’m really interested in some of Caravana de Recuerdo’s planned titles for next year (Don Quixote, it’s time to get read). And now o at Behold the Stars is planning some Russian Reading for 2014 and inviting everyone along. I’ve tried to resist, really I have (no matter how you cut it, Russian writers do NOT overlap with my Ohio project). But so many people are participating, that I’m starting to feel left out…and, can you believe it, I’ve never read anything by a Russian author? It seems a bit of a major gap in my reading. I only have to read one book to participate, so surely I can find something I could squeeze in. If only the novel I’m most interested in (War and Peace), weren’t also one of the longest out there… I can pretty much guarantee I WON’T get that read next year! Perhaps one of Tolstoy’s shorter works–I’ve heard good things about The Kreutzer Sonata.
Now…back to all those books I won’t actually have time to finish this year. Happy reading!