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Still love it.

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?

15 Responses to Still love it.

  1. My hubby and I spent two weeks over Christmas visiting family. We each took a couple books along and in between activities enjoyed the opportunity for some extra reading. I read C.J. Box’s two newest titles, BACK OF BEYOND and COLD WIND, and am still working my way through the short stories in A LOG CABIN CHRISTMAS COLLECTION.

    Mine was a restful, pleasant holiday, and I trust yours was, too. Have a good 2012.

  2. Reading remains one of the few things I can never tire of, because the experience is never the same. Expecting a reader to be tired of reading is like expecting a person to be tired of waking up and having to live each day.

    Over the break I finally read “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel (not sure why this took me so long to get to) and “Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close” by John Safran Foer… I wanted to book it before I movie it. On the audiobook side I indulged in The Hunger Games trilogy and now I’m reading “Baby Catcher,” a midwife’s memoir beginning in the 1950s… It is blowing my mind.

  3. M.E. Anders says:

    Rachel – I really enjoyed the holidays for the reading time it allowed. I spent some time with both new books (Simon Toyne’s Sanctus) and old favorites (Nabokov’s Lolita). Also indulged in some heavy non-fiction reading.

    I added The Art of Fielding to my 2012 TBR list. Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. I feel like a reading underachiever for the holidays, but I did finish A Passage to India which I loved even though I cringed in places, and read most of Blink & Caution. I just finished Blink & Caution because my family kept wanting to hang out over break. What’s that about? People so need to respect the read and chill time 😉

  5. Stephanie P says:

    Devoured Birds of Paradise by Diane Abu-Jaber (which I bought because I was visiting Miami and it takes place in Miami). That’s how it goes!

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