04 October 2009

Sunday Salon: Already Falling Behind

I started my new job on Thursday, and already I am falling behind on my reading! It's not that the work is difficult; I haven't even gotten into the thick of it yet. It is the mental adjustment that is wearing me out and keeping me from doing anything. Either that, or the fact that I've gone from 9 hours of sleep to 6 hours of sleep a day :-). The kids early in the morning, the husband needs me late at night, and I'm working in between. I already miss my mid-morning nap!

CURRENTLY READING: I'm still working on The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food. There are fascinating tidbits in this book, but it is one that I can put down at the end of a chapter and wait a few days to pick up again. It is difficult for me to finish such a book because I am easily distracted by TV and the internet. I need a book that grabs me and makes me forget other leisure pursuits.

I'm also trying to get into my Bible study group's challenge to read the Bible in 90 days. Sadly, I am 6.5 days behind in the reading plan. I'm not much of a re-reader, so it is difficult for me to read large chunks of the Bible in one sitting without getting bored. That may sound blasphemous, but I'm being honest. I may have less trouble when I get to less-familiar books like Nehemiah, but I've got to push my way through well-known books like Genesis first.

UP NEXT: My turn finally came up in the waiting list and I got the second book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, Living Dead in Dallas. I'm moving it to the top of my stack so that I can finish it before it is due to be returned to the library. After that, I need to find a food-themed novel to finish off the Spice of Life challenge.

TBR LIST: The tally stands at 98 titles right now. Unless the quality of the fall TV season takes a nosedive, I don't think the number will be going down any time soon. When I work outside the home, I tend to veg out in front of the TV rather than pick up a book. That should be good for my knitting, but bad for the TBR list.


debnance said...

Turn off the tv and pick up the book. Studies show that reading is more relaxing than tv and that those who watch tv a lot are more depressed than the general population. Go, books!

JoAnn said...

Adjusting to a new job is tough...give yourself a little more time to get back into the groove. Good luck!

Kristen said...

I couldn't function on less sleep. Heavens, I barely function on the 8 zillion hours I get now!

I hope you find a book that really sucks you in soon. I knwo I fight with books I pick up and put down a lot. :-P

Dani in NC said...

The thing is that I am really enjoying my current book, but each chapter wraps up so nicely that I don't feel the urgent need to pick it up again right away. Perhaps I should always wait until I am in the middle of a chapter to put it down.

Lisa said...

The world won't end if you don't read for a bit. It seems possible, but it's not true. Get adjusted then add it back in.

Kelly said...

Best of wishes on adjusting to the new job and getting enough sleep! Don't worry about the TBR list. 98 ain't that bad!

Ivana said...

I feel with you, there's just too much distraction. Luckily, the weather is not suitable for outdoor activities anymore and I'm getting back to reading more. Though, reading should not be a job. Enjoy your reading!