Mel just asked me for book recommendations, and while we were talking about that, she remembered reading something of mine the last time she visited that turned out to be scary. She couldn’t remember the title or the author, and her description of the book didn’t ring any bells for me. While she was checking with Corey (who read it, too, after SHE recommended it), I fell down the rabbit hole that is my Kindle library.
Guys, I have 711 Kindle books, and I haven’t read most of them. I WANT to read them all – I was just browsing to see if any of the titles reminded me of the book Mel was talking about, and instead I was hit with this overwhelming desire to quit my job and hire someone to take care of Jack and just read all day every day until I can catch up. If only we could win the lottery…
Part of my Kindle problem is that I can’t SEE the books. I have plenty to read, but it’s hard to decide what’s next (unless I have a specific reading project) because I forget what I have, and there’s no easy way to view it all. I want a holographic bookshelf. I would like to project the title pages of my Kindle books onto a wall so I can browse through them as if they were on a bookshelf, not just a list, and decide what to read next. Maybe that’s our million-dollar app idea! Projection would be the hard part… (Yes, I know I can view my Kindle contents as a grid. It’s not the same.)
Let’s shelve that idea for now, and get back to the point which is I DON’T HAVE TIME TO READ. I’ve got a bookshelf overflowing with dead-tree books I don’t have time to read, either. More on this in the near future.
The books Mel was thinking of (Corey identified it) were White Silence and its sequel, Dark Light, by Jodi Taylor.
After a lifetime of work, childcare responsibilities, and other family responsibilities, I have all the time in the world to read if I want to. But I find myself distracted by feelings of guilt that there must be other things I should be doing some days I just declare out loud, Today I’m going to do nothing but read. Somehow, saying it out loud seems to temporarily chase away those guilty distractions.
I don’t feel like I’d be troubled by feelings of guilt…