The Sunday Salon – Not Reading

Yes, the title does seem out of place since I’m telling you what I read but it will make sense later in the post. The round-up this week. I read:

The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

I’m still reading The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien although I haven’t picked the book up since last week so I’m still on chapter five. I’m planning to spend some time in Middle Earth today and then start The Creation of Eve by Lynn Cullen later this week.

Library Loot. I picked up a few books from the library this week — The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, Disquiet by Julia Leigh, and White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi. I planned to a Library Loot post this week but lost track of time so I’m just going to include it here today.

As promised, this is where the title of my post will begin to make sense. While reading the book section of The Guardian last week I came across this article — A week without books by Bibi van der Zee. She gave up books for a week and talks about how it went, side effects and all. It got me wondering. I read everyday but do have days when I don’t read more than five pages and others when I don’t read at all. Non reading days are few and far between but they happen. But I’ve never not read for more than one day or so and wondered if I could do it. The days I don’t read I have a really good reason — an illness is usually involved— but I don’t ever try not to read. I can’t imagine crawling into bed without a book. What would I do at breakfast and lunch? Withdrawal would be involved I’m sure. I would be a highly unpleasant person to be around. Needless to say, I won’t be trying this out myself but it did make me wonder about reading too much.

My husband and I don’t have children or pets so I have a lot of time to spend with my books. The hour or so I have to myself before my husband gets home from work is sacred reading time for me. It’s a way to decompress from work, relieve stress, and forget about my day. Saturday and Sunday morning I can be found curled up on the couch lost in a book. But do I read too much? I don’t think so but I also consider reading a part of my life and fit it in when I have a few hours to slip into another world. I don’t fit my life around my books. Anyway, I just thought it was an interesting article and wanted to share.

I’m now off to buy the third book in Helen Hollick’s Pendragon series. The Kingmaking and Pendragon’s Banner were gifts and I need to buy the third book, Shadow of the King now that it’s out. I loved The Kingmaking this week and I’m now hooked on the series, sucker that am for Arthurian legend.

Have a good Sunday.


4 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon – Not Reading

  1. I’m a sucker for Arthurian legend also and really want to read this book. I had taken it out from the library but somebody else put a hold on it so I had to return it. Glad to hear you’re enjoying it! Enjoy your books this week.

  2. When I first read that article, I wanted to try the same experiment. Then I remembered that when I was in college, and things would get busy and I’d go a few days without doing any leisure reading, I’d develop presumably psychosomatic but nevertheless pounding headaches. They never went away until I got some good reading time in.

  3. Mercy, why do folks want to take a love of a good thing and make it out to be some unhealthy obsession?!? Ya know what I’m sayin?

    I think the only way you could ever be ‘reading too much’ is if your husband is being neglected…and that’s a matter of perspective! 😉


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