Books, Books Everywhere But Not a Page to Read

Today was publication day for one of my clients. I’ll share more about that in a future post, but for now, I am pretty tuckered. As I shared with some of my online book pals the other day, I find myself in the enviable position of having day after day filled with book-related work, events and writing. But lately, I have become outnumbered and almost overwhelmed…by books.

I fled the room formerly known as my home office a few months ago when I could no longer stand to be surrounded by the overflowing bookshelves and piles of books on the furniture and in the floor. I work mostly at the dining room table now–so I can spread out and enjoy a big open workspace. But even this space has been compromised. The books, they multiply like rabbits.

And here’s the thing: I find myself with less and less time to read. I asked a few of my book blogging colleagues, “How many books do you read in a week?” Most of the bloggers who responded said they read about 2-4 books a week. I met a book reviewer for a major metro newspaper who has to read three books a week and review them. I am a s-l-o-w reader, which compounds the problem. Right now, I have multiple books going at once and awaiting my full attention. I just have to carve out the time.

How about you? How many books do you read in the average week, month or year?

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For now, the cats think all the books make excellent pillows.

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5 Responses to Books, Books Everywhere But Not a Page to Read

  1. Kaye Park Hinckley June 5, 2013 at 6:53 am #

    Books do multiply like rabbits. They do take over every room in your house. I’m an author so I’m reading and writing at the same time. And now, I’m trying to do a Blog, too. Words have taken over my mind. In fact, sometimes after I’ve spoken to someone, I find myself mentally editing what I’ve just said! Great post.

    • Alison Law June 5, 2013 at 8:21 am #

      Kaye, thanks for commiserating. I love what you said about mentally editing what you’ve just said. I come up with much better lines just a few minutes after the conversation’s end.

  2. Katy Manck (@BooksYALove) June 5, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    I read fiction fast-fast-fast and usually have several books going at once – some for BooksYALove and a couple for me (my husband will ask “is that a work book or a you book?”).

    This summer, I’m participating in the NerdyBookClub’s #bookaday challenge http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/the-fifth-annual-bookaday-challenge with many teachers and school librarians as they catch up on the great books that they didn’t have time to read during the school year. For me, it’s 90 books in 90 days, and thankfully, I also recommend picture books and middle grade fiction for http://www.abookandahug.com!

    But I write book recommendations slowwwwly, so for those #bookaday books that I do choose to recommend, it could be weeks or months before they show up on BooksYALove and/or abookandahug.

  3. Kimberly HdM June 5, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    Alison:

    Books have torrid affairs at my house and then reproduce when I’m away. I return to eve-rgrowing stacks of them by my chair, bedside table. They’ve now colonized the coffee table, having conquered and subdued the sagging bookshelves. I manage 2-3 books a month between “work” books and “me” books and 1 or 2 audiobooks depending on the good graces of the public library. I feel your literary pain.

    • Alison Law June 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

      Kim, I’m glad to be in such excellent company! I have about 8 different books “open” right now–all with different purposes.

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