Reading-for-Pleasure. Say what?

Even though in Real Life, I am writing (well, revising/editing – because I finished it!) a book, I still read other books. Constantly. I always have one or two books going. This a slow process, because most of my reading time occurs in the fifteen minutes between climbing into bed and falling asleep.

I’m sure you know what I mean.

My current book is Mr. Norrell and Jonathan Strange by Susanna Clarke. I’m enjoying it immensely, and you can tell by my use of the word, immensely, that what I read sometimes colors my writing.

Unfortunately, I am borrowing this e-book from my husband. If you know anything about Amazon’s Kindle borrowing program, you will know that I only get to have a borrowed book on my Kindle for two weeks.

This is not enough time to read Mr. Norrell and Jonathan Strange, using fifteen minute slots per day. I just checked over at Amazon, and this book clocks in at 866 pages.

The short version, is that today or tomorrow, my time runs out, and I will no longer have access to this book. “Well,” you say, “you live with the guy who lent you the book. Can’t you just read it on his Kindle?”

“Yes,” I will reply. “As soon as he’s done reading his current book.” In fact, that is exactly what I will do. I just hope it’s not too far in the future, or I will forget everything I’ve read, and have to start over.

That just might keep me from reading the book. I’m about halfway through it.

So, what are you all reading? What’s your schedule for reading-for-pleasure? Jump in!


7 thoughts on “Reading-for-Pleasure. Say what?”

  1. I share a Kindle with my daughter…..that is we both have one but Amazon thinks they are both hers. I live in Mi, she’s in CT. When either of us buy a book we have it put on both “Shay 1″ and Shay 2” 🙂 This has been working out well for us. There is a way to go on Amazon and be your husband for a short period of time (with his password) and put that book on yours. If you’re interested let me know. I don’t know how to do it but can get the instructions from Shay for you.

      1. To share books, deregister Kindle from your own account. Register to the other person’s account. Send the books that you want from that person’s Amazon account to your own Kindle. Synch, deregister from friend’s account, re-register to own account. Book stays on both Kindles.

        I had my daughter send the instructions and pasted them for you:) Glad I could help.

  2. I always put “read” on my to-do list to make sure I keep up with it. I have a pile of unread books on the floor by the sofa, plus another pile on the iPad that would be embarrassing if anyone could see it! I’m reading Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. I’m also reading a knitting book called Stitch ‘n’ Bitch by Debbie Stoller.

    Eagerly awaiting your next book! I SO loved Shipbuilder.

    1. Thanks, Nadine! Yes, the unread books pile is huge. Thank goodness for Goodreads and that lovely list. It’s the only way I can keep track of it all. Your “Foreign Language for Friends” was so cool. I hope you’ve got something new in the works, too.

  3. I have books I want to read, books I ‘should read because they are in my current genre, and books I need to read to put together a new blog post idea. I hate that reading has become so necessary and not just fun, so i try and mix it up some.

    1. Oh boy, do I know that feeling, Alica. You always hear, “do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” But what really happens, is that what you love becomes work. I guess we always have to keep something off to the side – that we do just for fun. The good thing about reading-for-fun, is that you can always pick up a book that you don’t HAVE to read. It gets to be a guilty pleasure, and it’s fun again.

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