I managed to get several chunks of multi-hour reading in over the last several days. This is an all too rare occurrence for me lately. Readers of this blog know how much I love to delve into books. To my consternation, there is so little time to do it!
I have a job that requires fairly long hours from me. In addition, as much as I love the practice of reading and feel that it is my most important hobby, there is also more to life. I love the outdoors, food culture and cooking, keeping abreast of current events and various technical interests and so much more. I devote time to family and friends. All this leaves me insufficient time to pursue the ingestion of the written word.
Of course, reading is indeed a very high priority! I often irresponsibly do without sleep in my determination to conquer pages. I have also forsworn virtually all television in an effort to gain reading time. OK, I do watch a little television while eating breakfast and preparing for the day. This time is not time that I would be reading anyway. Ironically, a fair amount to this television time is spent watching Book TV!
Of course everything is relative. I spend more time with books than do the great majority of family, friends and coworkers. It is a priority in my life. Yet, when I look at the rapidity that some of my fellow bloggers move through books, I am positively green with envy!
If I ever get to retire, and that is a long, long way off, I hope to return to the long stretches of unfettered reading that I enjoyed in the days of my youth!