I should be….., but instead I’m reading….

May 14, 2012

Not entirely sure what I ‘should’ be doing anymore, but here’s some books.
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The High Window and Playback by Raymond Chandler and Best
‘Thinking Machine’ Detective Stories by Jacques Futrelle.

Three bargains from the 50p shelves at Scarthin Books. I’ve read ‘the problem of Cell 13’ story by Futrelle and am savouring the knowledge that I have two unread Chandlers on my shelves waiting to be read.

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I finished Hotel Luc by Anita Brookner this weekend, a book I’d forgotten I had bought until I had to empty and then refill all the bookshelves after decorating, and have just started The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht on recommendation (often a gamble).

I’ve also tried to get back to going to the library regularly, primarily to keep pace with children’s avid reading, so Lemony Snickett’s have been through the house, several Horrible Histories and a great book on Heath Robinson, perfect for the child who fills your recycling bin with masses of paper of inventions. Have also had out books on Lucian Freud, Edward Hopper and Turner.

Early on in my blogging career, I was reading Oliver Twist and there was a couple of sentences that really made me chuckle early on. I then couldn’t find it, but I’ve gone back tonight and found it:

“… the young woman burst into another fit of crying, and got so dreadfully hysterical, that a couple of women who came up at the moment asked a butcher’s boy with a shiny head of suet, who was also looking on, whether he didn’t think he had better run for the doctor. To which, the butcher’s boy: who appeared of a lounging, not to say insolent disposition: replied, that he thought not.”

Respect to the Butcher’s boy!

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4 Responses to “I should be….., but instead I’m reading….”

  1. Finding time to read is right up there with painting, for me. I read when I go to bed. I know. I know. I have heard it said we are not to read in bed but I am guilty. I set no time limits on when I should finish any given book and just enjoy the time spent with others’ written words and tales and pictures they create for me. Because I can’t paint in words, I create in watercolor. Good post.

    • Thanks for the comment Leslie. I agree, reading is an important part of me, I get stressed if I go a few days in-between books. A proper session has to be at least 45 mins which makes my half hour lunch break reading frustrating. I’ve taken to reading walking to and from the break out areas to maximise reading time!

  2. villagerainbows said

    “Finding” time? Doesn’t work, does it?! 🙂 Since I retired, instead of “time” I keep finding more and more things that require time, including writing and painting and building bicycles, to mention just a few. Instead of proportioning my life in increments of time, I find it more useful to proportion it to projects or activities, and then prioritizing after that.
    Thanks for liking my last post – it is good example of what I mean. I only started painting in 2014 and I love it – but in the summer, I also love sailing – so in summer, sailing trumps painting and I put brushes and paints away during that part of the year.

    • It’s only gotten worse in the years since this post! I’m trying to commit to one session per week of art, ‘session’ being rather loose, but that’s not always possible. Thanks for visiting. I’d forgotten about this post, obviously a had time then to add words to posts back in the good old days. Book update: have not gone back to the Futrelle stories yet, but have read Playback. Must be due for another Chandler soon.

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