Who has time to read?

Do you have time? I try so hard to make time to read, but it can be tough! At the very least, I read a few minutes before I go to sleep at night, but some days that is all I can fit in. Sometimes during the day, if I have a few minutes, I try to sit down and read, but my attention span is not very long when my to-do list is huge. Most days it’s enormous.

If I’m walking regularly, I listen to a book then too, and I only allow myself to listen to that book when I walk. Motivation comes in all forms. Since I haven’t been walking regularly lately, though, “Lilac Girls,” my most recent Audible purchase, is languishing. In fact, I’ve debated breaking my “walking-only” rule to listen to it. It’s been long enough now that I might have to go back and start at the beginning.

And yet, the new books just keep coming. It seems that every day I come across yet another that I feel I just have to read. And my TBR list grows. We won’t even talk about the piles on my nightstand. Ahem. Books could be the furniture around here.

I am nearly done with A Gentleman in Moscow, and have really enjoyed it.  At times it has been a bit difficult to follow, simply because my understanding of post-revolution Russia is kind of sketchy. But there are so many things I really love about it. Have you read it? I know it seems like I’ve been reading it forever, but I just found out today that it has 462 pages. I’m reading it on my Kindle, so had no idea. (I just checked, and the Kindle app on my phone tells me I am 71% done.) I just wondered WHY I wasn’t getting to the end of it. It should count as two books in my total this year, don’t you think?

One book that’s popped up on my radar lately was published in 1937. It is, The Importance of Living. Reviews describe a book that is “life-changing,” “beautiful,” “quirky,” “inspiring,” and fascinating.” Of course, there are lots of less-complimentary reviews too, but I still think it might be interesting to read. When the cover text reads, “The classic bestseller that introduced millions to the noble art of leaving things undone,” you have to know that I’m intrigued. Leaving things undone is a noble art? I must be the noblest ever.

Another I’m looking at is, Days without End. The promo text reads:

Thomas McNulty, aged barely seventeen and having fled the Great Famine in Ireland, signs up for the U.S. Army in the 1850s. With his brother in arms, John Cole, Thomas goes on to fight in the Indian Wars against the Sioux and the Yurok and, ultimately, the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, the men find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they see and are complicit in.
Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry’s latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language.

I don’t know about you, but I love historical fiction. Historical nonfiction is great too, but sometimes having it fictionalized makes it read just a bit quicker. I always know that if I find something that especially intrigues me, I can fact-check elsewhere. Outrageous claims or facts that just don’t ring true send me running to learn the truth.

What are you reading this week? Is there anything you think I need to add to my TBR list? Anything I shouldn’t bother reading? Let me know in the comments!

And speaking of comments, I absolutely love reading them, so leave one for me, please? I promise I’ll respond to all of them! Thanks.

  • June Sinclair

    Have you read the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon? If not I would heartily recommend them. Lovely historical/time travel/romance. Initially set in Scotland but pops over to France and then on to America. Oh did it say it’s set in 18th century Scotland – at the time of the Jacobites. Kilts flying every which way! 🙂 June x

    • Hi June,
      Yes, I read the first three in the series. There is a lot to like there! Her character development was terrific…who couldn’t love Jamie? And the sense of place was wonderful. I have hesitated to watch the series because I doubt it could match my own imagination. Have you watched it yet?

      • June Sinclair

        Hi Lori,
        Yes the tv series is also brilliant. They are staying pretty close to the books. The use Gaelic in it with no subtitles so we’re left just as confused as Claire about what’s being said – wonderful touch. Each series is just covering one book so it toddles along just nicely. The actors who play Jamie and Claire are just perfect. You should watch it. They are currently filming series 3 in Edinburgh and I wish I had the time to pop down to see them (I’m in Dundee only an hour away).

        • That’s good to know, June. I love that they use Gaelic in it…What fun it would be to go see them filming! I would love being in Edinburgh anyway (have not YET made it to Scotland), but that would be especially fun, I think.

    • Lori East

      Hi June,
      Yes, I read the first three in the series. There is a lot to like there! Her character development was terrific…who couldn’t love Jamie? And the sense of place was wonderful. I have hesitated to watch the series because I doubt it could match my own imagination. Have you watched it yet?