Once, I read an interview with JK Rowling in which she said she was constantly reading…even while brushing her teeth. I was jealous. Aside from the fact that I’m not coordinated enough to do that without spitting on the book, I was jealous of all the reading she got in. Imagine how many stories I could live in if I were able to read all the time!
My reading seems to be feast or famine. It can take me weeks to slog through a book (or read nothing), then I can zoom through two books in a week.
I’m currently in my feast phase…and I’m not sure it’s a good thing. My story board lingers…I know what scenes (or rather lack of scenes) I need to focus on, but instead I crack open another book. Research, right?
This procrastination technique isn’t new. My mom once confided that she had difficulty yelling at me to finish my homework. To me, she didn’t seem to have such a hard time, but she said she’d see me on the deck reading a book instead of doing math or studying for a test…but how could she yell when I was reading? Don’t you want your kid to read? Isn’t that a good thing? And it was better than having me watching TV…but I was still avoiding what needed to be done.
Have you ever read too much? Is there such a thing?