For someone who’s not in school anymore, I sure do a lot of reading. And it’s not the type of reading you do for academic purposes. This is just reading for pleasure. My book collection is starting to get larger and I’m slowly running out of shelf space. I’m going to have to clear up some of my old junk to make room for my ever growing collection. I might even have to buy a new bookshelf from Ikea to accommodate all my books.
With the addition of four new books, it brings up my total of unread books to 17, give or take a few. I know that I could have finished these books by now but I’ve just been preoccupied with work, errands and… Facebook. I could have easily finished reading a couple of the books by now but I’ve just been putting them aside while I do other useless things. Any book that contains three hundred pages or less can be read in a day but that all depends on the content. If the book is really good, I have a hard time putting it down. If the book starts off slow, I find myself reading a few pages and then a few pages there. That’s what I’m doing at the moment.
I’m in the process of finishing up “For One More Day” by Mitch Albom. This novel is about getting a second chance to go back and making right all the wrongs that you’ve done. I’m part way through the book but there hasn’t been much that is keeping me interested. Every time I pick up this book, I’m just reading a chapter at a time.
At the same time, I am also currently reading “Theatre of the Mind” by Jay Ingram. This book talks about consciousness and other stuff that the brain does. For example, memory. Let’s say that you’re at a beach on a warm summer day. The sun is shining brightly in the sky. There’s a nice calm breeze flowing through the air. You see people swimming, children’s playing and dogs barking. These are very descriptive information. If you’ve been through something like this, you can probably picture yourself being there. You can see the people, smell the beach and even feel the sand. Even though you’re not actually there, something in your memory is triggered to bring back those images. Anyhow, I’m not far into the book so I don’t know exactly what Ingram is trying to say. I just know that the first part of the book is a tad slow, as most introductions are.
The next two book I’ve received were gifts for my birthday. Well, one of the books was a gift, the other I bought with a gift card that I received for Christmas. My brother bought me “The Expected One” by Kathleen McGowan. It’s someone like “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown. Everyone seems to know that I like that book so it seems as if they’re getting me anything related to that. The last book that my brother got me for my brother is still sitting on my bookshelf. I haven’t read much of that either, only a few pages. It is also similar to “The Da Vinci Code” but it’s NOT “The Da Vinci Code.”
The other book that I got is one that I chose myself, “The Worst Person in the World” by Keith Olbermann. If you do no know Keith Olbermann, you are missing out. He’s the host of MSNBC’s Countdown which is a newscast that covers national and international stories. Olbermann provides a fast paced commentary on the stories with a very strong opinion on the subject using very powerful words. Every word that comes out of his mouth are very articulate. I try to speak the way he does but I end up mumbling towards the end. The things that he says are probably the same things that most Americans are saying about the Bush administration. The comments that he makes about Bush and Bill O’Reilly are pretty funny.
If you like watching “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart or “The Colbert Report” with Stephen Colbert, I’m sure you’ll like “Countdown” with Keith Olbermann. I haven’t read the book yet but judging by the excerpt that I have read, it’s going to be a funny book. That’s if I find time to read it.
The third book is “From Black Rooms” by Stephen Woodworth. This is the fourth book of the “Violet Eyes” series that I’ve been collection. It’s about a woman who was born with violet eyes. She’s part of a special breed of human who have the power to communicate with the dead. When someone is killed, she is able to get in contact with them and find out who killed them. The first book of the series was interesting. The second book was okay. The third started to get a bit boring. I just hope the fourth will relight my interest in the novel.
The last book that I’ve purchase is “The Philosopher’s Handbook” by Stanley Rosen. This book looks into the lives of Western philosophers and gives a short introduction about them. The book is divided into six parts and discusses topics from social and political philosophy to art and culture to the philosophy of science. It sounded like an good read so I look forward to reading it.
The only time I get off from work is on the weekend. I don’t go out because I’m too tired and I can’t afford to go out so I can probably sit around and read. I’m hoping to catch up on my reading before the winter is over. That’s plenty of time, right?