Sometimes when people see me reading they'll tell me that they "wish that they had as much time as I have to just read." And then in the next breath they'll tell me about what movie they just saw or which television show they are addicted to.
I don’t mean this as a criticism of the leisure activities that people choose to spend their time on; I, myself, enjoy movies and have too many shows, past and present, that I love. What's curious to me is that these people seem to think that I am either twiddling my thumbs, searching for activities to occupy my time or else the sole possessor of the secret to time management. In reality I am as engaged in my life as the next person, but if I don’t have time to do something it’s because I’ve allocated my time to something else. I simply love to read and so I choose to spend what "free time" (where's the giveaway for that prize?) reading. As of two weeks ago, I still slept with a flashlight by my bed, partly because we needed a bedside lamp and partly because I still think like the eight years old me sometimes and even though I know that I should be sleeping I can’t put my book down!
Anywho, off of my soapbox and onto some books. I haven't updated those books to your left in awhile but don't worry, I have still been reading. These are a few of the books that I’ve read/listened to lately:
The Book Thief—I know that I’ve mentioned this book before but since Nick and I have been listening to the audio book it has taken us awhile to finish it; although, not for lack of interesting plot or beautiful writing to be sure. I’ve picked this book up previously and was told how great it is but I put it down for one reason or another. Now I cannot write enough in praise of this book. The characters, writing, set up and emotions combined to make it a wonderful experience. Definitely the sort of book that I want to own so that I can reread and lend it out.
Emma was a joy to read this time around. I tried it years ago and didn’t finish it but this time I was laughing and cringing and thinking the whole time. Jane Austen might have said that she created a heroine that only she could like but I found myself relating to Emma—both her foibles and her difficulty sticking to her resolve to change. Although, I do pity Jane Fairfax for the putz she chooses to marry.
The Night Circus is actually my current read. I’m reading it for book club but I had already started it and heard many good things about it. Overall I’m intrigued, and in many parts confused. It is a book with many many plot lines that it weaves together in a way that seems jumbled but never makes me want to stop. I'm worried to see what will happen next.
Nick is also experiencing The Blue Sword for his first time ever and I'm happy to reread it with him. What are you reading right now?
P.S. How great are these book cover designs? I am fascinated by them; embroidery, silhouettes, an illustration and this renaissance painting!