Wednesday, April 14, 2010

books, books, and more books - currently reading and not reading

I'm sooo tired! My first week of lectures at unversity is already finished (I only have classes Mon through Wed) and 4 of my classes didn't even take place yet, but I'm so tired, I actually went to bed at 8:30pm yesterday and only read for an hour before I switched off the light and dozed off, happily slept until close to 7am this morning and I am still (or again?) tired!

With all the being tired I haven't read much, but instead I started a few more books. Just what I needed, right? On Monday, I bought and started reading one of Carlo Goldoni's works (the title escapes me, sorry - it's about a notorious liar and his servant, Arlecchino). On Sunday late in the evening I discovered - to my shock and horror - that sometime after my wisdom tooth issue, they changed the class info for my class on Italian lit and I was supposed to read this one *before* the class started. And yes, the class started on Monday! Anyway, I got up early, left for the book shop to get the book and the sat down in the Starbucks right around the corner and started reading. I think I read the first 20 pages before I had to leave for my class, so I really was nowhere near finished (the book has only about 90 pages, but still!). Now, on to said class, with a guilty conscience! And there I found out we won't discuss the book until late May or even early June. Duh! I could have saved myself the trouble (and another currently reading-book. Well, I'm now half-way through, so I will finish it and then skim it once we're closer to the actual discussion date.

Then, I needed something light for the evening, because on Monday already, I was just so tired! So I picked up one of my romance novels which I have here. My small stack of "lifesavers", so to say, because I just can't fall asleep unless I read a few pages. No matter how tired I am, I just won't fall asleep! And then, I'm reading the 4th House of Night book, Untamed. I am on page 45, I think, which really isn't that far into the story yet, and even though I enjoy it, I just haven't managed to pick it back up today (not after the train ride home from the dentist, who took the stitch out this noon, anyway).

Really, right now, I just wished I could sit down with *one* book and finish it. But no, I have a bunch going.

And as if that is not bad enough, I sorted through all the bills from my book-shopping sprees (I collect them :-P ). I filed all those away that have unread books on them, and I have unread books from as far back as 2006 (that's as far back as I could go)! Can you imagine that? 2006!!!

The books are:

1) P.J. Tracy: Dead Run
2) Tamar Myers: The Ming & I
3) Julia Spencer-Fleming: In The Bleak Midwinter
4) Joanne Fluke: Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (one would think I read that right away - chocolate chip cookies and all!)
5) Rhys Bowen: Death of Riley
6) Nancy Fairbanks: Death A L'Orange
7) Emilie Richards: Let There Be Suspects
8) Rachel Gibson: Simply Irresistible

And maybe Janet Evanovich's Seven Up, but I can't find it on my TBR piles or shelves. Wherever that book is, I hope I already read it!

This run down really scared me, so I didn't even think about going through the bills from 2007. It can only get worse! *sigh*

Do you have many unread books at home from looooong ago?



4 comments:

  1. Sometimes I miss being in school and then I remember how tough it could be. At least you have more time to finish your book for class I guess. I hope your week gets better and that your classes go well.

    I do have some unread books from years ago but they are nonfiction. Usually I give books away if I don't read them but these are books that I keep thinking I will get around to plus they are about spiritual things/self-improvement so I'd feel guilty if I didn't read them. Now I don't allow myself to buy nonfiction books in case I don't read them. I hate to think of how much money I've spent over the years when I get in one of those self-improvement kicks and think "I need to read my Bible more or I need to work on being more patient, etc." and then I go and buy books that will supposedly make me a better person and they just sit on the shelf. Unread.

    I hope you get the time to make some headway with your TBR piles and don't feel bad because you aren't the only one with unread books on her bookshelf.

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  2. I still have Mother Missing from Joyce Carol Oates and Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe (cant remember the author) to read. These i believe i bought a few years ago when my obsession with books really started to show. But its hard for us students. Right now i have a 4 page analysis that i have to do on a research method (i have yet to begin this) and several other group meetings ( for projects) coming up. Its tough but am not sure i would read several books at a time though. I tend to mix up characters and story lines.

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  3. More than anyone shall ever know! Considering the fact that I was supposed to read Dr Zhivago in uni (what almost 8 years ago now, since I was suppoused to read it in the first year) you're not alone.

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  4. I'm guilty, too. In fact, I've had books for so long, that I've ended up donating them to school fetes because I just knew I'd never get around to reading them!

    To solve the problem, this year I decided to take action. I went public with my shame, and put up on my blog a personal challenge: I am going to read 10 'shelf sitters' by the end of 2010.

    I'm not doing too well so far... I've only read 2. But your post should push me along!

    tschuss :)

    Amanda http://desertbookchick.com

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