Friday, October 2, 2009

Finding Time

When I'm not writing, I work at a small independent book store. Part of my job is to read books. I know, the horror of it all. But it does create a problem. There are just too many books out there that I want to read and there are only so many hours in the day. As I sit here in my office at home looking at my shelves, I currently have over 300 books on my "to-be-read" shelves. Yes, you read that right - not piles, shelves. My husband put up bookshelves so the huge stacks wouldn't crowd the floor.

I try to go at the shelves logically - by starting at the beginning. But then another one comes into the store and it looks soooooo good! And then another. And another.... you get the picture. :)

To alleviate this massive pile up, I could do several things:
1. I could quit my job - but I kind of need the paycheck and, besides, where would I then get free books? Not an option.
2. I could quit writing. Definitely not an option.
3. I could quit doing promo. But if I do that, then my books wouldn't get "out there" - it's a necessary evil. So, unfortunately, not an option.
4. I could quit spending time with my family. No, guess I shouldn't do that.
5. I could quit sleeping. As a person with chronic insomnia, I already do enough of that. Not an option.
6. I could quit reading. Like writing, definitely NOT an option.
7. I could quit adding books until I read the ones I have. But the ones that came in yesterday look so good! I can't do that.

You see my problem? So I guess my shelves will keep growing and I'll keep reading during my free moments.

Sorry this blog is so short. But I have a book to read! :)



Amber Skyze said...

LOL I can relate to that problem!

Terri B. said...

I work in a library. Got just the same problem. So many books, so little time...

jean hart stewart said...

A problem all of us have, except yours is exagerated by the free books. Not much sympathy from me there. And don't stop writing....Jean

Marianne Stephens said...

So many books to read, so little time. Read, write, sleep, eat, promo, family...and the circle goes on and on.

Anny Cook said...

See, I don't find that a problem... I have about 4000 books. And reading is something I do over coffee in the morning, while eating lunch, doing laundry, waiting in the doctor's office, while the rest of the family watches television, in the bathroom, while waiting, waiting, waiting... in line at the pharmacy, grocery story, etc. You'd be surprised how much reading you can sneak in.

I went to school full time while working full time and managing four teenagers. Studying was done in all those "spare" minutes.