Reading day

I was up around 8 AM and had a nice big breakfast. I thought about doing some more work on the book collection database, but I decided instead to spend the day reading. I have yet to complete my third book for the year and January is almost over. Three books! Compare that to, say, January 1999 when I read 11 books that month alone! Since 1996, I have been trying to read at a pace of 1 book per week, regardless of length, but I have gotten off to a slow start this year (and even the end of last year). There are several reasons for this:

  1. I have been doing other things. I spend 1-1/2 hours per day at the gym. I have been getting up earlier because of that and going to bed much earlier, which cuts into reading time.
  2. I have been trying to read more short fiction from the magazines and that eats into book-reading time
  3. I have been putting a lot of time in to the book collection and reading list database and that has been eating a bunch of time
  4. I have been watching a lot of TiVo’d TV, or shows that I download from the iTunes store and that is a major time whore.
  5. I have been trying to write more and that takes time

I suppose I have prioritized my regular reading lower than these other things, but there are also only so many hours in the day. I often wonder how people out there can read all of the stories that appear in the magazines, have time to read books, write, and do everything else (including raise a family), when here I am struggling just to get through a book a week.

In any event, I decided that today, I would set everything else aside and trying and finish up Robert Silverberg’s Son of Man and then get started on the next book. It’s a cool, nasty-looking day out which is the perfect kind of day to spend reading (and would be even better if I had a fireplace).

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.