Thursday, May 17, 2007
Booking Through Thursday: Bookless
It happens even to the best readers from time to time . . . You close the cover on the book you’re reading and discover, to your horror, that there’s nothing else to read. Either there’s nothing in the house, or nothing you’re in the mood for. Just, nothing that “clicks.” What do you do?? How do you get the reading wheels turning again?
In the moments I have no books to choose from, you can be sure I am not at home. If my dog knew what a library was, he would tell you I practically live in one with all the books around here. I usually carry a book with me, and so it's rare I am without something to read; but every once in awhile I may go out without a book. And oh! It's awful! I read signs, posters, anything! This happens when Anjin decides to stop at the gas station on the way out to dinner and forgets to tell me ahead of time. Of course, that is also when I decide not to put my book back in my purse because I won't possibly have time to read while we are out.
Every once in awhile I come across a book that moves me in such a way that it's essence lingers despite the fact that I have read the final line, closed it, jotted down my thoughts, and set the book aside. Then there are the occasions when I have difficulty choosing which one of the many TBR books I have on hand to read next because so many sound good. Or perhaps I just haven't quite been able to figure out what kind of reading mood I am in. What to do? The age old question for every obsessive reader.
It is in these moments I step away from the books and finally get around to answering those letters that have been sitting on my desk for weeks on end, watch that Netflix movie I have had for over two weeks, catch up on my magazine reading, or maybe get around to cleaning out those drawers and closets that I've been meaning to get to but never seem to make time for. I use the in-between book time to focus on some of my other interests that may be neglected because I HAD to read just one more chapter straight to the end.
While I may feel some frustration the moment I realize I do not know what to read next, it rarely lasts because I am soon busy doing something else. I always go back to reading eventually and by then, I know just what I want to read (or else I make Anjin or one of the animals pick for me--I always have a back-up plan).