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August 18, 2007

I’ve been going through a reading slump since my baby niece got back in town. She’s eighteen months old, and I love her to death, which is good since I’m going to be her nanny for the next few months. However, her craziness has definitely distracted me from reading; even when she’s napping or down for the night, I seem geared up to run around the house again. Reading seems so stationary!

I think that part of the problem is that I picked up An Instance of the Fingerpost again. I finally finished the second part, which leaves two parts to go. This book is killing me-it’s so depressing and frustrating. And yet, I’ve already invested 400 pages in it, so it’s difficult to just walk away! I’m enjoying The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, but it hasn’t sucked me in.

I’ve decided to modify my non-fiction challenge. Instead of reading seven non-fic books a month, I’m going to read six books and The Economist weekly cover-to-cover. I love The Economist, but it’s gotten short shrift as I try to wade through so much non-fiction! I am, however, enjoying the change in my reading habits; now, half the books I’m reading at any given time are non-fic. It slows me down, but it really enriches my reading.

I cannot believe that August is half over. What happened?

And with that, I think I’m going to go read. The Persian Puzzle is calling my name!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Booklogged permalink
    August 18, 2007 11:57 pm

    I’m sorry you are not enjoying An Instance of the Fingerpost. I really liked it, although I thought the end was bizzare. That gives you a reason to keep reading, doesn’t it?

  2. Eva permalink
    August 22, 2007 5:12 pm

    I think it’s really well written, it just seems to suck all the joy out of life, lol.

    Booklogged, internet explorer is crashing again whenever I try to read your blog. I hope that you read this!


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