- Allergies. I'm not sure what it is I'm allergic to, but it is much more prevalent in Iowa than it was in New York. Even after taking Friday off work last week, I slept twelve hours a day all weekend. It's been cutting into my reading time pretty severely. I used to get up to read for an hour in the morning. Now I just aim to make it out of bed in time to get to work. I used to read for 2-3 hours after work. Now those hours are going to sleep.
- The gym. I'm not blaming the gym, but I am making it a priority. I'm going every single day, no matter what. I've made it sixteen days in a row, and for now I'm focusing on getting in the routine of every day. I'm surprised how much I'm enjoying it, but it does cut into my reading time a bit.
- Work. I usually spend my lunch hour reading, but I haven't actually taken a lunch break since before Spring Break. Things may not calm down until after finals. At an academic library, the last month of the semester is always chaotic and exciting.
- Television. I confess: I'm spending more time watching tv than reading. My brain is allergy-fried, and television soothes it more than reading. I've managed to watch all of the episodes (to date) of Awake, The Killing, and Smash in the past week. I loved the first episode of Scandal. I'm finally making a dent in the ridiculous number of PBS documentaries and series saved on my DVR too (the Margaret Mitchell episode of American Masters is particularly fascinating--and Pearl Cleage, my favorite author, makes an appearance!)
We're nine days into April, and I've finished only one books: Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick. It's 250 pages long, and I started it in March (my review is coming this week.) I'm enjoying Butterfly's Child by Angela Davis-Gardner immensely and hope to finish it in the next few days. My package of Orange longlisted books not yet published here finally arrived from the UK, and I'm eager to dig into those titles. Otherwise, I hope to catch up on The People's Read-a-long this week too.
With next week's literary bonanza, I must get my reading mojo back: Monday (April 16th), the Pulitzers are announced. Tuesday (April 17th), the Orange Prize shortlist is announced. I hope to be back to my usual reading, blogging and blog visiting soon. Until then, I hope you're faring better with allergies than I am!
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