These long breaks have become quite frequent for me, it would seem. I was so sure that I wasn't going to be a mom who gave up reading just because she had to look after her kids. I have heard so many friends and aunts talk about how they haven't picked up a book for years and years because their children keep them too occupied. I figured, though, that if one was determined to read one easily could. I suppose that is still true, but I'm not as determined as all that. Reading ought to be for pleasure (unless I'm reading for studies) and right now I am too tired to find pleasure in reading. Reading a page a day doesn't work with me. It takes me so long to get into the mood and rhythm of a book; and coupled with having to leave everything I am doing hanging every few minutes while I see to one or the other of my sons, reading simply isn't an option. It takes me more than double the time to cook a decent meal only because my children need my attention. So, in order to relax I have taken to scouring Youtube and re-visitng one of my guilty pleasures — anime.
Until a month ago it had been years and years since I had watched Japanese anime. My sister and I were (are still) avid fans, and we used to watch so much of these, discussing them over meals, on our way to school and back, and at night before going to sleep. I decided to re-visit them as an alternative to reading because they don't really require much effort from a tired mind, and they're fun. I have to admit I've been watching quite a LOT of it this past month-and-a-half. I've been re-watching some old favourites and discovering new ones. This phase doesn't look like it's going to die out any time in the immediate future. (I say phase because I tend to 'get into phases' a great deal.)
Out of curiosity, are there any anime fans out there in this book blogging world? Have you anything good to recommend to me? I'm not particular about genre if they have a good plot and wholesome story.
Back to what I've been doing instead of reading…I've also been working on a few cross stitch projects that I'm hoping to gift to family next month. Progress has been slow, but I'm confident they'll be ready in time for the gifting. Then there's all the excitement over getting my older son ready for school. I'm also thrilled that he has begun to enjoy Sunday School and I'm looking forward to taking him to Vacation Bible School this summer! I'm going to be super busy during that time, but I know I won't mind it one bit. Then there's the vacation with my parents that I am very excited about — fresh air, slow life, folks to talk to besides my babies…yay!
I have decided to take a break from reading for at least a couple of months or so. Like I say, I'm not much inspired to pick up a book these days because I'm either too tired or don't have the necessary time to read. I don't know if this would mean complete abstinence from books. Knowing me, the moment I say I'll do something I won't do it, and vice versa. :-/
In the meantime, a quick update on what I read last month — I finally finished the Anne of Green Gables series. I devoured Rainbow Valley and Rilla of Ingleside, and oh, I had so much to say then, I don't know if I'll remember it all when I'm finally up to writing the commentary! But I just loved reading this series, and hope to get back to it in another couple of years or so. Also, I never forgot the whole Classics Spin Challange. However, I did try my best to read Black Beauty and simply couldn't go any further than chapter 18. The reasons?
- I am not an animal person
- the book is an autobiography of an animal (the sort of thing we used to write in the 4th grade!)
- too simplistic in style and nature for an adult (or so I personally feel)
So, I decided to give it up. IF I ever get back to it, it will only be because my sons are interested in horses and have asked me to read it to them aloud. This book is getting crossed off my classics list! Sorry…I haven't the patience for it.
Last month I acquired a couple of books from a sale that I finally decided to give to my mom –
- Redemption by Leon Uris (sequel to Trinity)
- Taj by T N Murari (about Shah Jahan and the love of his life)
I hope to get to these some day….hope… .