Saturday, September 17, 2005

Too much to read, not enough time

Aaarrggghhhh! Hear me groan in frustration and despair. I've got a serious problem of not having enough hours in a day to read all the interesting books and other texts I've got piled up around my place. (Literally!)

It's not at all unusual that I have two, three or even four books that I'm reading at the same time, any given time. Take today's situation, for example. I'm in the middle of four novels (among them one book of the Lymond Chronicles that I'm trying to read very slowly so that it'd last as long as possible and one novel that I'm reading actually because of work - but it's a very good novel, nevertheless) and about as many history books. And I have zero time units to concentrate on them.

And here's a list of things that make my situation even worse:

* I know that a friend of mine has several books she's recommended to me and I'd love to get to them asap. The temptation, the temptation...

* I borrowed yet another book today, after hearing a presentation in which the novel was mentioned. The book seems to be my future favorite, at least based on the description I heard. (I'm talking about Keith Roberts' Pavane which is an alternative history in which queen Elisabeth I is murdered in 1588 and the Catholic church reigns supreme till the 20th century - sounds absolutely fascinating! I can't believe I've missed out on this one before.)

* I got a bag full of short stories from this year's Nova writing competition to go through, as the results were announced today and I'm supposed to be picking the stories that I want to publish in Spin later on. This means that I've got to be sort of quick about this, too. I don't want to keep the authors waiting.

* I've got to work! Today I've been grading even more book reports by my students. Luckily I was quite a hard worker today and I've only got a few more to grade. I'll get those done tomorrow morning and then I can give them back on Monday. Which then means that I'll be collecting the notebooks of the students to go through before their exams. Which means I've got plenty of work to do at home, too. Plenty of work that takes lots and lots of time.

* I don't have too much time to work at home this week. I've got a visitor coming on Wednesday and I need to get all of this weeks work (lesson plans and so on) done before that. Phew.

* You should see the pile of other books I've borrowed / bought and that I'm dying to read, like, right away! Extremely high pile. Many books. Shiny preciouses.

Thus, a very frustrated aaaarrrgggghhh. Goshdarnit.

On the other hand, if this is as serious a problem I can think of right now, I probably shouldn't worry too much. :) For just this once, time really will make it better.

Or will it? More time, even more books to read? And come to think of it, I've got two book fairs to visit in October and the bookstores will have their sales soon... Oh world of literature, have pity on me (and my budget and my schedules)!

7 comments:

arye_sarin said...

BTW, do you want that Mr Darcy Takes a Wife now or shall I give it back to Rowanna? : )

Johanna said...

Uhh. You can give it back to Rowanna, there's no way I'll have time to get into reading that now, too... Maybe during the Christmas holidays, eh. :)

Tytti said...

That's very good reading for Christmas, I strongly recommend it with a big glass of sweet port wine and box of chocolates ;)

Anonymous said...

i know exactly how you feel, and i'm only 11 :( *sigh* oh well. by the way, I love your blog

Tarja said...

I'm starting to feel the urge to reread the Lymond Chronicles, so it's time you pick up your pace. Not pressuring you or anything >:)....

Tigerlily said...

I'm sooo familiar with your dilemma!! I love your term "future favorite" - I have about four of those lined up as well! I have a habit of always buying books that catch my eye, and throwing them into the "to read" stack that is now about seventeen books high, and growing..!! oh, and I hadn't heard of the Keith Roberts book before - that's right up my alley! There's another one for the perpetual stack...sigh...

Johanna said...

Oo, I've gotten nice shiny comments while I've been away! :)

Dearest anon, it really has nothing to do with age - there's never enough time to read good literature! ;) Glad you like my blog.

Tarja, I'm well on my way on book 4 now. I'm very tempted to make a few orders from Amazon.com when my next paycheck comes, I need to get these novels for myself, too... But yes, I'll try to pick up my pace with the final three novels, so you'll be reunited with your Lymond stack asap.

You know, TL, my stack is already so tall, that I've had to put the books back in the shelf already. Which then has resulted in the very unfortunate situation that probably more than half of the books I own I haven't had time to read yet... How awful is that? Sigh. But we do seem to share the same habit of buying interesting books no matter how little time there is to read them. :)