Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Of course this Moby-Dick/Great Expectations reading schedule needs to suit your time constraints, but I have to admit that I am finding the project very difficult. It's way too slow for me. Despite my well-mannered intention to parallel the group's reading speed, I am already a chapter ahead in MD; and I had to hide GE in the car in order to avoid sailing into it full tilt.

On an average day, I do manage to accomplish tasks other than reading novels. But my book habit fits in so snugly around those tasks. For instance, making polenta or risotto or chocolate pudding or bechamel sauce is much less boring if I read while stirring. It's easy to shell peas or trim green beans while reading. Naturally every trip to the bathroom involves a book, as does every blank moment during a kid's sporting event, piano lesson, or orthodontist appointment. The books I'm reading seep into the spaces of everything I do; and the only reason I didn't start this conversation while our group was undertaking A Winter's Tale is because I was reading the play out loud with Paul . . . a torturously slow process that was steadily driving me crazy. I do love that my 12-year-old wants to read Shakespeare, but reading these books is my private vice, like chocolate bingeing is for other people. I did not enjoy waiting for him.

Yet I'm also loving the novelty of sharing a common project with all of you, so I will try to persevere at this slow speed, meanwhile hoping you will forgive me for any page-turning impatience that erupts.


4 comments:

Ruth said...

I could at this point in the year go faster with these two books and like you, I am "ahead" restraining myself with difficulty. I simply cannot imagine not reading all the time. I have colleagues who "don't have time to read during the school year." I find this appalling.

Teresa C. said...

I could also go faster and find it verrrry difficult to keep from reading ahead. Both books eagerly pull me along and it feels disrespectful to say to them, "No, I must stop here because the reading group has decided one chapter per week":)

Al and Adam said...

I'm also willing to go faster...

libbyanne715 said...

I'd also be happy to go faster!