My reading challenge

Now that I have time to read more, I have been.

I look at my bookshelves full of books and I look on my Kindle full of books. I calculate how many books I can read a month and I shake my head .

If I can read two books a month, it will take me more than 10 years to read all of the books on my Kindle. More than 10 years – probably 15. That doesn’t even include all the books I have sitting on bookshelves. It also doesn’t take into account that some of the books I have to read are over a thousand pages each and that means one book that month.

So that’s one big dilemma. The other is I am a typical bookaholic. I can’t resist buying books. I receive a number of book emails everyday telling me what specials Amazon has and I get book emails everyday from publishers telling me what new and exciting books they have published. And my finger itches. I want to press “click to buy” so that my Kindle automatically downloads the book. I want to run to the bookstore and buy a new book, a book that will likely sit on a bookshelf for a few years collecting dust in my “to read” pile until I can find the time to read it.

So I challenged myself to not buy books for the foreseeable future to give me time to whittle down my sizable book collection.

I don’t know how this will go. I want a new Kathy Reichs book as soon as it comes out. Perhaps I should just get it from the library. I won’t be cheating then because I won’t be buying the book. I’ll just be borrowing it.


My love affair with Facebook is over

As you know, because I’ve said it often enough, I have mixed feelings about Facebook. It sucks up a lot of time, and time just seems to whittle away while I could be working, doing laundry, watching television, reading, or any other number of things that I just don’t do. I even find myself logging in on my phone while I am doing other things. I call that OCD. I call that obsessive for certain.

So a few weeks ago, I took a page out of my friend Byron’s book; I deleted my facebook app from my phone which meant using Facebook from my computer at the office (when I have time which isn’t that often) or when I use my phone and use the browser (which I don’t do that often either and when I do there’s that time suck).

Here’s what I have found.

I don’t really miss it. When I haven’t looked Facebook for a bit and then check on it, I see the same stuff that was posted the day before and the day before that and the day before that and the day before that and the day….

While I still want to Facebook, mostly because I don’t know what to do with myself sometimes and I can’t focus, when I do Facebook I am bored. There is very little there that catches my attention. Apparently I Facebook when I’m bored and it bores me.

This has been a good time for me to do other things and reconnect with myself and non-electric methods of entertainment (I don’t include TV in this).

So what have I done in the last few weeks? I have been catching up on some TV and I’ve watched a movie or two. I’ve really caught up on my reading and I’ve read 3 books in the last month. This hasn’t been that hard in spite of thefact that I’ve also been working 10 to 14 hour days. It’s like I didn’t even realize what a time suck Facebook really is even as I would say it was a time suck. I have time to read more!

I would say that my love affair with Facebook is over. Now to determine what else has been sucking time out of my life. Bejeweled Blitz perhaps or Cookie Jam? Hmmmm.