Everyone is finally settling back into routine post-holiday vacations and travels and of course, the first thing everyone says to everyone else immediately after greeting is, “How was your holiday? What did you do?”
Now, I was as excited as anyone at the prospect of a nice stretch of time in which all that was required of me was resting, eating, seeing family and friends, and generally doing as I pleased. It’s always nice to have a break from work! So what did I spend a large part of my free time doing? Reading, of course.
In fact, judging from the blogosphere and twitterverse (I’m really impressed at how technologically in tune I sound there), it seems like that’s just what most of the publishing world did on their time off. I finished up The Paris Wife before devouring Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding, and with the remaining time, I started reading the New Yorker’s collection of stories, 20 under 40. This is what reading is for us all—a passion. Just because it’s a main component of our jobs, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t a pleasure to immerse oneself in a book during free time. Reading has been an escape of mine for as long as I can remember and that’s not going to change.
Having long stretches of time to sit down, undisturbed and just read whatever it is that I want to read, without any worry about deadlines or the need to focus and scrutinize detail or writing is bliss, and it’s why when I’m finished everything I have to do for work, whether it be reading or otherwise, often the only thing I want to do is, well, read.
How about you? Did the time off afford you the opportunity to discover some great new books or revisit old favorites?