I’m fairly certain that most of you, my followers, are avid readers like me. In fact, the only one that I know for a fact isn’t is a family member. (I love you anyways, Grammy! :D)
But those of you that are bookworms, I thought that you might be able to empathize with this:
I have the hardest time with squirrel-reading.
That is, like a squirrel, or a dog from Up being distracted by a squirrel, I have a tendency to be distracted the next new book I come across. And so I put down the first book, and move on to the second book. But then I come across another book, and it too is very shiny-looking, so I put down the second book to move on to the third. And this happens again. And again. And again. Eventually, I wind up with ten or so books on my “currently reading” list. It’s really very counterproductive when it actually comes to finishing books.
Of course, the problem is only exacerbated when I walk into a bookstore. There are just so many books! (Probably why it’s called a bookstore…) And then I just have to buy one. Just one, mind you. And I’m just so tempted to pick it up right away, even though I’ve determined that I’ll wait until I’ve finished a few other books!
In case you’ve not guessed it already… I did this tonight. I went to a Barnes and Noble, and I got a copy of Eragon by Christopher Paolini. It’s okay, though! I have not picked it up yet! … Yet being the key word there. But if I can help it, I will do as I have purposes, and I’ll finish a few other books before I read Eragon. It will require self-control. It will require steadfastness. It will require an extreme effort in the way of ignoring my squirrels. It can be done, though. I’ve never done it before, but it can be done. I’m going to try, anyways.
Such, then, are the problems and struggles of this particular bookworm. I’m kind of hoping that I’m not alone in this. If I’m not, though, I admire your focus and ability to resist the urge to pick up another book when you’re still working one the first one. If you are like me, though, I’m sure we can find some squirrely camaraderie in the comments.