Booking Through Thursday - time to read

Time is of the Essence

1. Do you get to read as much as you WANT to read?

(I’m guessing #1 is an easy question for everyone?)

2. If you had (magically) more time to read–what would you read? Something educational? Classic? Comfort Reading? Escapism? Magazines?

I'd have to say Yes. I do get to read as much as I want. Reading is so much a part of our lives and always has been. I've been known to get grumpy if I don't get my reading time.

If I magically had even more time to read, I would read more classical books. I generally read for relaxation, escapism. Occasionally, I'll wade into a classic, but they take so much more time to absorb, that I read more slowly. A couple years ago, I bought Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer. The book gives a brief history of five genres - fiction, autobiography, history, drama and poetry and includes a list of 'great books' to read out of each category and how to read them. I found I had already read quite a few over the years such as Pilgrims Progress, Heart of Darkness and Jane Eyre.

I decided I would work my way through the list of books in each genre and I started with Fiction and Don Quixote and think that's about as far as I got. There are others on the list I want to read that we have on our bookshelves: Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Dostoyesky's Crime and Punishment, Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby, Augustine's The Confessions and Merton's Seven Story Mountain. So thanks to this question, I just decided to join Should Be Readings Casual Classic's book challenge for 2009 which is simply read 4 classic book between January and December. I can do that.

I am magically making more time to read for 2009. How about you?


  1. Hi Robin,
    I'm glad you find as much time as you need for reading. You must be the first bibliophile today who has :o).

    I agree that classics can be a bit labourious and slow to get through but don't you just feel such a greater sense of achievement when you do? It may just be a kind of placebo effect but I also feel a few brain cells have been permanently 'polished up' too :o)
    Happy Reading

  2. No one has enough reading time, and we all could use more to read what we like. Happy BTT!

  3. If I had more time, I would also read more classics. They're difficult to read without quiet hours for contemplation.

  4. I get grumpy too if I don't get my normal amount of reading time. But Iwould still like to have more time! Of those classics you'd like to read I enjoyed Anna Karenina the most, although Merton's Seven Story Mountain is a close second. I haven't read Don Quixote of the Heart of Darkness - needless to say that I want to.

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog! I know what you mean about Classics, they do take longer to read, your challenge sounds good though. Happy BTT!

  6. Hi Robin, I have Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Dostoyesky's Crime and Punishment too and they're part of the reading list for my "999 Challenge"...

    I think we all wish for more time (and with it, more strength as well) :D

  7. I vote for Crime and Punishment. I recently finished reading it for the first time and found it to be pretty funny in places which came as a bit of a shock.

  8. Robin, I think you are the only person whose blog I have come across who answered yes to tat question. Go you!


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