I haven’t read much for about a year and a half now. It’s weird and it’s sad, but it’s true.
There was a time when I read one book after another. Most of them were novels, but I also read biographies, memoirs, and self-help books. Despite the rain or snow, I brought a book in my bag and read it during the bus ride or the train ride to work or school and back. If it didn’t rain or snow, I would even read while walking home from the bus stop.
Now it takes me months to finish a book. For example, I read the entire The Dark Tower series in nine months. I finished The Shining in about half that time.
I just don’t have the time and the energy to read anymore. My bus ride these days is a little too short to get some reading done. (It’s one of the reasons I miss working in Burnaby/Vancouver.) If I weren’t watching TV or a movie at home, I would work on bids or doing some other stuff. Most of the time, I did both. iPod Touch games also keep me from reading (among other activities like writing and sleeping); Wedding Dash and Virtual Families are great time-wasters.
But now I’m starting to read books again. I just finished Stephen King’s short story collection Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales. Thank God for the iBooks app on the iPhone/iPod Touch. I can read a book on my lunch break, while eating dinner, or while waiting for the bus (if it’s not raining or snowing) for about the same price as a paperback or mass market paperback edition of the same book.
I will also try (operative word: try) to turn off the TV except between 8 to 11 PM and read - or write - instead. Besides I have to reread The Hobbit in time for the release of the movie (part 1).
“If you need to be there, show up five minutes early. If they need you to be there, show up five minutes late.”— Steve Davis’s father’s dictum, on the short story “Lunch at the Gotham Cafe” in Stephen King’s Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales