I was born with a reading list I will never finish

I wish I came up with that all by myself, because that’s exactly how I feel. But alas, I can’t lay claim to that clever line. Maud Casey, supposedly, was the one who said, “I was born with a reading list I will never finish.” I recently came across an excerpt from one of her books in an anthology I was reading on women and madness. I’m serious. Here’s a post on that.

Sadly, I don’t even have make time to read these days but I still try to buy all the books on my ever-going list and add them to my library. (See number 1 on this list.) I love books a little too much. If our school library could talk — middle and high school — it would certainly vouch for me. There were books that I borrowed over 5 times! First it was the Roald Dahl’s then the original Nancy Drew’s, The Hardy Boys and The Chronicles of Narnia. I also went through unhealthy and somewhat obsessive phases that started with Goosebumps, extended to Christopher Pike and Stephen King. And like most other teenagers, I cherished my Babysitter’s Club books and Sweet Valleys. Life was good, I would spend hours with a book without feeling guilty for not picking something up or finishing something else off.

Lately, I’ve been listening to audiobooks while I drive. So far, I’ve ‘read’ The Help, Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants, A Dog’s Purpose and Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. I enjoyed all four and can’t wait to start my next audiobook (any suggestions?). But I do miss holding the book, you know? And turning pages. The old-fashioned way. No iPads, iPods or Kindles. So I finally forced myself to pick up a book again. I’ve been having trouble focusing while reading and so there’s a growing pile of books on my desk that I start and can’t finish. But I think I’m finally snapping out of my ennui, thanks to my cousin. A few days ago, she dropped off a couple of books she had borrowed from me. And with my books she gave me her tattered copy of Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo. I’m probably the only English Lit major in the world who hasn’t read that novel. Seven times. I haven’t seen the movie either…

My cousin has been raving about this novel. I just got started on it and for some reason I’m really surprised/impressed by the pace. I guess I didn’t expect a 19th century French novel to be packed with adventure or to move so rapidly. I’m hoping this book inspires me to read again. If doesn’t, then I’m in serious need of a vacation.

So, what are you currently reading?

11 thoughts on “I was born with a reading list I will never finish

  1. The adage “you can either read books or you can them” has been variously modified over the years. I believe it was Joseph Epstein who turned it into “you can either buy books or you can read them”.

  2. I think I stopped reading after I graduated Uni with a degree in Modern Japanese Literature. A lot of good that did me, hah! Blame it on film. It’s not the same as reading but a lot less strain on the eyes. :P The last book I read was Engleby by Sebastian Faulks and that was bloody ages ago, like the beginning of this year (hanging head in shame)! I wrote a brief review on it: http://wp.me/pSNdf-5Y

    • I was never really into movies but maybe that’s a good thing, because I’ve noticed that the days that I do watch TV shows/movies, I forget about books!
      Aw! Why don’t you pick up a new book? Something different from what you’re used to? I just checked out your review of Engleby (haven’t read it, but now I’m intrigued!) and I think you might enjoy Room by Emma Donoghue.

  3. Hello, nice to meet you =3 I read your blog often, and being a complete book nerd I just couldn’t keep silent any longer.
    We Need To Talk About Kevin is one I just started; really complex literature but it’s beautifully written and my eyes go square reading it.
    Before that I read 4 other books last month that were all so-so, but a really gripping on I’ll bug you to read is The Passage by Justin Cronin. It’s the best book I’ve ever read in my entire life and nothing will ever beat it. It’s an ungrusome thriller =)

    • Hi and welcome to my blog! I am so glad you finally spoke up :) I should have posted about a book ages ago!
      They made that book into a movie, recently right? I should probably find a copy of the book before the movie comes out in Kuwait.
      The best book you’ve ever read in your entire life and nothing will be it? You got me! I’ll let you know when I get a copy of it, thanks for the recommendation!
      Hope to see you commenting here more often.

  4. i just started book 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire. =) i’ve heard great reviews of The Count of Monte Cristo.. now..unhhhmm.. that leads me to add that book to my reading wish list. =)

    • Definitely add it to your list! If I ever finish the book, I’m definitely watching the movie… I’m already fantasizing about Edmond Dantés, sigh.

  5. I wish I could stay awake or keep my attention through an audio book… I’ve tried so many times but I think I may have a really short attention span. I also jump from one book to another… leaving 3 or 4 books only partly read…forever

    • That sounds like me with movies!

      I think there are two reasons I’m able to enjoy audiobooks. The first is the commute to work. I drive 30 minutes (on a good day, no traffic) to the office and 30 minutes back. Throw in a drive to an event, dinner or a gathering and that’s about 2 hours on the road every day. At least! Audiobooks help me relax, forget the traffic and enjoy the drive. The second reason is probably my choice in audiobooks so far. All 4 books were highly recommended by a friend who has similar taste. What have you tried to listen to so far?

  6. Pingback: Speaking of books… « F. scribbles

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