December 14, 2011: Grinding to a Halt

PAGES READ SINCE November 29: 50
YEAR TO DATE: 10,087
CURRENTLY READING: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
BOOKS SET ASIDE FOR THE MOMENT: Life by Keith Richards and The Steps Across the Water by Adam Gopnik
-7,323 PAGES

Okay, maybe it’s more accurate to title this post, Slowing to a Crawl, but the point is, I haven’t been reading much lately. One of the questions I’m asked most frequently is: When do you find the time to read? I’ve always answered that I just manage to squeeze it in. Lately, not so much.

So what’s changed? I recently returned to full-time employment and ever since, I’ve only managed to read a paragraph here, a sentence there. I’m not a commuter so there’s no reading time to be found there. (I have an image of the GO train as a quiet, blissful place where grown-ups get to enjoy 40 minutes – each way! – of solitary reading. I’m sure that’s not actually the case, but that’s what I tell myself.) My work is not the kind of place where one takes an hour for lunch and knocks off a few chapters, so there’s no reading time there. In the evenings, when I’m not gluing together a broken night light, I’m sewing a Korean flag patch onto a tae kwon do suit, so there’s no reading time there. There’s just no time.

The forced slowdown might actually be a blessing in disguise because The Night Circus is one of those books that begs to be read slowly. It’s beautifully written with vivid detail and a plot that burns slow and hot. It utterly absorbs my imagination and leaves me thinking about it long after I’ve put it down. I’m savouring it, wanting it to go on and on. Never mind my project, this is one book that shouldn’t be rushed.

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