Being a sloooooooooow reader is a heavy burden to bear. It keeps me from getting through all the books I want to read, and it forces me to make some really hard choices. Iíd love to be one of those people who can read a book a day. I get cross-eyed with envy of Those People.
Which is part of the problem. I canít spend all the hours reading that Iíd like to. I canít use all the time that would be available, because my eyes get tired and watery after a while. Itís hard to read with eyes that you canít even open because of the stinging, but thatís the situation I find myself in sometimes at night.
During the day itís better, but thatís when I have to steal time. The daylight hours arenít really my own, but sometimes I can borrow them. I have to pay them back, of course, but I put in enough hours that I donít feel guilty. Well, I do feel guilty, but I get over it.
What I wanted to do, some time during the next month, was reread Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Thatís because the next sequel, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which I ordered on December 21, will be delivered in July. But I realized as soon as I picked up the book that, even though Iíve read it before, its 800-plus pages would just use up too much valuable time, when I could and should be reading something new.
Anyway, Iíll probably want to reread Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire before that movie comes out in November.
Besides, thereís a new Lynley mystery out, and I have full bookcases, loaded with possibilities. If I could read fast, Iíd read them all. Since I have to choose, I have to be sure that Iím using the time I have as wisely as possible.