books that is…this is a family blog, you know (smiles)
seriously, do you read more than one book at a time? i often find myself with several books ongoing, and if you were to wander through the rooms of my house at this moment, you would see a stack of five piled dangerously on the tiny glass topped stand beside my reading chair, one sprawled face down on the kitchen table next to my empty coffee cup, another carefully laid aside next to the bed when my weary eyes could not take in another word. and – i just came up the stairs with two more, unearthed from the rabbit’s warren of bookshelves in the basement.
i fear it’s extremely inefficient, and likely explains why my book journal pages aren’t filling up as rapidly as i would like. however, i invariably succumb to an extreme sense of urgency regarding books – the “so many, so little time” syndrome. i might pick up one, only intending to read a few pages, and soon finding myself completely lost in the story. another could be just the ticket to inspire my muse, and yet a third may contain the germ of an idea for a story or poem. then a fourth, just because it’s on all the “must read” lists, and i “must see” what all the fuss is about.
you can see how it happens. i’m greedy. i can’t postpone gratifying my book hunger. after all, no one lives forever. when it comes to books, i occasionally experience moments of panic, akin to those expressed by a young woman recently overheard shouting into her cell phone, “i’m running out of minutes!”
now tell me, do you succumb to the same bookish gluttony?