Wednesday, April 29, 2009

And This Is Why I Don't Read....

I have a stack of books that I want to read. And I truly want to read them. I haven't made much of a dent in them, though. It's completely rational. I have a ton of stuff to do, and reading just isn't up there in the priorities. It should be, I know, but reading is dangerous.

Forty-eight hours ago, I knew little about Twilight. I knew that it was about Edward and Bella and that they were vampires. I knew it was based in the Pacific Northwest. And I knew that it was a love story. Oh, and I knew that there were four books, although I couldn't have told you the titles other than the first one.

Then a friend of mine lent me Twilight. She had a copy, and it meant I didn't need to buy the book or wait for the library -- although I wasn't on the wait list, so I wasn't getting it that way anytime soon anyway.

I put it into the mental pile of books I want to read. And the wee ones and I happened to go to the library that same day. I was interested in finding Love and Logic, which Dawn had recommended to me. The wee ones were occupied with their books, my husband had met me at the library and was watching them... and I snuck down into the adult section.

While there, I found Love and Logic. I've read the first three chapters so far and enjoy it. I also put myself on the wait list for the other Twilight books. I now know their names, although not the order in which they were written.

It's possible that I also picked up a Sharon Kay Penman book that I'm three quarters of the way through reading.

I left Twilight in my car, since I know that bringing it into the house would mean I'd read it. Then I got a mani/pedi. Oops. Rather than read the outdated magazines, I brought the book into the shop with me. This was Monday.

At 1:16am Monday evening, I finished Twilight. I then called the friend who lent it to me to see if she was home so I could "return" it to her. She offered to lend me the next one. She wasn't home, so I couldn't do the switch, but she volunteered to stop by my house after she finished running around for the day.

At 5pm, I had no new book. I "happened" to be driving by her house running an errand at 5:30 and decided to bring the book back to her house. She had company though, so I disappointedly just tied the bag containing Twilight to her door.

She saw me though and insisted that I come in, as it was just her MIL. And she lent me the second book. I didn't get home until 9pm from the errands I was running, but I started reading the book then.

At 8:32am, I finished the New Moon. And my friend is still not finished with Eclipse, so I have to wait for that. I just checked at the library, and I'm still eighth on the wait list.

And this, this is why I don't read. A magazine I can put down after an article and go about my day or fall asleep. A good book is always just "one more chapter" although even I know that isn't true when I think it.

Maybe it's a good thing that I don't have access to Eclipse yet. Unless I go buy it somewhere....


PS At about 10am this morning, I got an email from my local library. I have a book now waiting for me. Yep, it's Eclipse. Why not any of the others, I don't know. But tomorrow morning I'll be headed to pick it up. I didn't get it (and finish it) today only because the library closes at 9pm and I didn't check my email until 9:23pm. Apparently today's productivity will be shot tomorrow. Only one more to go after that, at least!


MaBunny April 29, 2009 at 10:24 AM  

LOL I've got less than a hundred pages left on New Moon, not sure when I can get Eclipse though! Don't tell me what happens!

Angela April 29, 2009 at 10:41 AM  

LOLOLOL (I'm not laughing AT you, I'm laughing over here in Atlanta). Told ya! But isn't it an awesome story? The last two books are my favorites, so put them at the top of your list!! The story gets better!

Kori April 29, 2009 at 10:50 AM  

Yep I was the same way when I started Twilight. It's an epidemic.

Mary April 29, 2009 at 10:58 AM  

1:16am is "evening" LOL

JamieH April 29, 2009 at 11:00 AM  

They are SOOOOO ADDICTING! I read the series in a little over a week.

Angie's Spot April 29, 2009 at 12:45 PM  

You are cracking me up! Rest assured that you're sooooo not alone in your obsession with having to read every page (of these books especially) before you can put them down. As Kori said, it's an epidemic.

Jen April 29, 2009 at 1:01 PM  

This is the exact same reason I don't read!!! :) Twilight is an easy addition though. I read all 4 Twilight books in a week. It's insane!! My friends and I chose the 4 books for our May book club and are having a big Twilight Party at the end of May. However we all finished them early and a few of us already watched the movie. We plan to go to opening night of New Moon when it comes out in November. It's definitely sweeping through the "Mom Circuit". :)

Karen April 29, 2009 at 1:36 PM  

Those stupid stinkin' books are addictive, aren't they? I started out prereading for my daughter and I'll be darned if I didn't get sucked in and ended up loving them.

Brenda April 29, 2009 at 7:58 PM  

Oh, but its so wonderful to disappear into a book! A magazine can't do that :)

septembermom April 29, 2009 at 8:07 PM  

So now you're hooked too! I'm still relatively clueless about all the Twilight excitement. I guess I have to get on board soon:)

Ryan Ashley Scott April 29, 2009 at 8:21 PM  

I know what you mean! I have a post drafted about why I haven't read Twilight, as a matter of fact. This is exactly the reason. I'm an obsessive reader. Magazines are much more time efficient. Maybe if I just read the first chapter, though....

Sherry April 29, 2009 at 8:49 PM  

haha .. thanks for the comment about the giraffe pic! and thank you for stopping by my page! I'm glad I have more than 3 readers hehe .. all the posts are now worth it!

t.t. millers April 29, 2009 at 9:03 PM  

Same thing happened to me! My friend doesn't read as fast as me (My husband swears I'm a speed reader and take the enjoyment out of reading all together). So I ended up buying my own copies to read and re-read when I want. I am a Twlight sucker! What can I say??

Heather April 29, 2009 at 9:42 PM  

When I was reading the books I had sleepless nights myself. Couldn't stop reading them!

Now I'm in a battle with an old friend of mine, and her mother, who loves Edward the most! LOL

joanofalltrades April 29, 2009 at 11:03 PM  

My sister is a Twilight fanatic. A good book does have the power to overtake your life for a day or two. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Cookie April 29, 2009 at 11:13 PM  

I haven't heard of Twilight. Is this something I should reserve at my library?

Michelle April 30, 2009 at 8:08 PM  

MaBunny - Less than 100 pages left? And you haven't finished it? How do you resist?

Angela - Oh yes, yes you are laughing at me, and you know it.

Kori - I think an epidemic is a good way to describe it. And I'm infected. Better this than swine flu though, right?

Mary - Uhhhh, yeah. Not in my world. I have to get up too early for that to be an evening!

JamieH - Completely addicting. And at this rate, I'll have them done in under a week. I have Eclipse now but haven't opened it knowing I need to get some stuff done!

Angie - That's not totally true. I was able to put them down after a chapter to do something every once in awhile. For five minutes.

Jen - Oh how fun! Can I come crash that book club meeting? ;)

Karen - Completely. And how cool that you preread. I love that idea. I know I'm getting close to needing to do that for Mister Man!

Brenda - Nope, I'm not good at disappearing into a magazine. Books on the other hand... and Mister Man does the SAME thing!

septembermom - Yep. It's required at this point, I think. The second one started slower than the first book, but it got good partway through. And the third? Don't know yet :)

RAS - Yep, just the first chapter. I'll join you with that just first chapter!

Sherry - Hey, if it was that easy to make it all worthwhile....

tt millers - I know. I'm the same way, and there are definitely books that I wished I could make last longer -- like Twilight -- but what can you do?

Heather - I won't join that battle. For whatever reason, I never get into celebrities or book characters. I'm thinking I must have some missing gene somewhere!

joanofalltrades - Just a day or two? Yeah... that's it!

Cookie - Ummm, yes. And I know I live under a rock, but seriously how have you not heard of Twilight? GO! Reserve!

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