Monday, April 19, 2010

I used to think I was a serious book nerd

now, I'm not so sure. You see, while I still love to read, and certainly read more per year than the average person, I have run across some great book blogs by women who put my reading tally to shame. Two of them do a Sunday round up each week and recap all they have read that week. One of them missed a Sunday so she had two weeks worth today. Seven books which for her is super, super low.
I realize that I shouldn't compare myself to these lovely literary ladies, but I can't help it. On the one hand, they inspired me to start blogging again and reading more, but sadly I haven't been able to keep up with the second part of that inspiration. I fully understand that all our lives are very different and I'm doing and/or experiencing things that they aren't. But still. My reading tally for the whole year is woeful compared to theirs. Poo.
They also seem to have access to this reading fanatic community where they participate in all sorts of day to day reading challenges and two 24 hour read-a-thons. Mon dieu. I am simultaneously filled with a mixture of envy and wistfulness as well as a huge sense of relief that I am not consumed by any one passion to that extreme. I would share the links to their blogs but don't want anyone else to feel they are as an inadequate reader as yours truly.


amnbsdad said...

Sometimes I get aggrivated at the slowness of my general pace of reading, just because there are so many books I want to read. I think if I would just read faster I could get more read. But then I remember that the point of reading is to enjoy and learn from the story, it's not a race. Some books, like the Harry Potter series, inspire quick reading because you want to see what happens next. Others, like the works of Hesse or Salinger, need to be mulled over. And some books, like To Kill a Mockingbird, just need savoring.

Librarian Who said...

Thanks Chad. I agree, the point is to enjoy what you are reading. In a similar vein, I used to think I would enjoy participating in jigsaw puzzle contests, but I found that trying to go as fast as I could took all the joy out of the experience.

What really needs to shift if my perception of myself and a shift in my goals. I really want to be a book blogger, but I also really want to do dozens of other things as well. I just have to accept that if I do take on the role of book blogger that I will need to have a much slower pace than these other ladies and that is fine.