I’m on vacation this week (although, with a BlackBerry, it’s hard to truly be on vacation), and my plan was to get a few things done around the house and to do a boatload of reading. The best laid plans…
Why does yard work always take ten times as long as you expect it to? “I’ll just trim back the trees and bushes so the house painters can actually get to the house.” Well, I got all of that done yesterday. Now I have 3 very large piles of brush that I have to cut down to size so they will fit in those annoying paper bags that never stay open. Then I have to mow the lawn. Then I have to finish laundry. Then I have to move a bunch of boxes. Then I blah, blah, blah. When do I read?!
What book am I reading (or trying to read)? I’m glad you asked! The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski has been getting an unbelievable amount of attention, especially for a first author. Several extremely well-read and discerning booksellers I know have been raving about it. Everyone from the Washington Post to Stephen King to many bloggers loves this book.
I’m only 100 pages in (see first 2 paragraphs), but I can easily tell that all of these raves are spot on. I’m normally a slow reader, but in this case I’m slowing down even more, savoring the writing and the truly wonderful character that is Edgar. I’ll update you all when I finish the book, but I’m guessing I’ll be jumping on the Sawtelle-loving bandwagon!
And now, a few questions for you dear reader? Are you days as full as mine? Do you have trouble carving out reading time? How do you do it and do you have any tips?