Sunday, January 26, 2014

Books, Books, Books, Everywhere you look!

I love books. I love reading. I have so many bookshelves packed full in my house that my husband actually suggested *gasp* that I get rid of a few books. Not going to happen. My problem is I don't always have time to read. Actually as an editor, I read all day long. I just don't have a lot of time to read books for entertainment and not just to make sure subject verb agreement is in line, or POV isn't being violated, or semi colons are being used correctly. In order to remedy that, I have decided to put books everywhere I possibly can so the minute a free moment occurs, I can read. This is the best way I can think to get my goal of 52 books in for the year.

I'm in the midst of reading six different books right now.

I have my car/purse book: Daughter of Smoke and Bone. This book goes with me while I am waiting to pick up carpools, so I can get a page or two in during half-time, or when the line at In and Out is extra long. My car/purse book usually takes me longer to read than just my regular nightstand book, but if it is good enough (which this one actually is) sometimes I upgrade it to nightstand book when I need a new one.

I have my at work book: The Ugly Duckling Goes to Work. This is a slow read as well since I don't always have time to read at work, but when I do I like it to be something that will help me be better at my job or a better employee. My work book is usually always a non-fiction self-help book.

I have my kid book: The Phantom Tollbooth. I love reading to my kids, especially my youngest who still actually likes to snuggle up with mommy and listen to me read. This book is usually something I've already read that I want to share with my kids. Most likely a book from my past, although The Phantom Tollbooth somehow slipped past me in my youth, and it is a lot of fun discovering it now with my son.

I have my school book: Grimms Märchen. Yep, I'm taking a German Fairy Tale class this semester. Wow, do you know what the Frog Prince is about? I mean what it is really about? I love reading these tales in their original German. It takes me a lot longer since, well yeah, my German is not perfect, but it is a great helper on my language skills as well as a fun read.

I have my nightstand book: The Scorpio Races. Just finished Warm Bodies last night (check out my Goodreads link to the right for my review) and since my purse/car book was out in the cold car, I grabbed this one instead. I'm about twenty pages into it, and I really like it so far. I read these books the fastest because I get most of my reading done in bed, or one the couch with my chocolate lab sitting on my feet.

And finally I have my bathroom book: I am Malala. Yes, I have a bathroom book, and I am not afraid to admit it. Mothers of the world know that sometimes locking yourself in the bathroom is the only time you will find peace and quiet (and sometimes not even then). My bathroom book is mostly my bath book, for those rare occasions when I can actually take a long bubble bath without interruption. Everyone needs a bathroom book, if nothing else your guests will be delighted that there is something more to read than the backs of shampoo bottles! (I know, I know, TMI.)

And so I read, whenever and wherever I can. I'm thinking about adding two more categories--a car book audio style to entertain as I drive to and from work when my Maroon Five station on Pandora just isn't cutting it for me. And a book on my Kindle App so I can read even when it is lights out time (even though hard copies will always be my first love). I don't have anything picked out in those two areas so I am open for suggestions! What do you recommend?

How about you? Where do you have books? What are you reading right now? Do you read a million books at once, or do you just race through one at a time? Let me know!


Anonymous said...

Holy cow, six at once? You are AWESOME for being able to do that. I can't read more than two simultaneously, and then it has to be one fiction/one non-fiction. Right now I'm also reading I AM MALALA and listening to Lauren Graham's SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY, MAYBE. I highly recommend the audiobook route -- so much easier on the eyes! :)

Michelle Melancon said...

you go cuz! I also am a two at a time reader one fic one nonfic