Commitment Issues

Deciding what to read has always been an issue for me, not because I don’t know what to read, but simply because there are so many of books I’d like to read and not a lot of time to spare time to read for pleasure. As an editor, I’m constantly reading something, but I’m also modifying, critiquing, and punctuating; considering word choices, sentence structure, and plot points.  So reading for fun takes a cold spot on a back burner, and my personal to-read list grows and grows.

But lately, the decision has been compounded by my commitment issues . . . since I have recently acquired the attention span of a toddl—ooooo, shiny!

See?

It sort of snuck up on me, really, and some days I’ll look at the page length of books and think, “Can I really commit to this 308-page book right now? Who knows when I’ll finish it between the other commitments in my life, not to mention how distracting the pretty, shiny objects are all arou—”

Squirrel!

Then I veer off toward the short stories and novellas; I know I’ll finish those. All the while, the full-length novels wave at me, as if to say, “We’ll be here when you’re ready.”

And isn’t that the great things about books?pile_of_books

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