A book short of a book club
This is a strange one for me to write, as books really aren’t my thing. Don’t get me wrong; when I get a book I like, I can’t put it down but I like the idea of reading more than the activity itself. There are some things I like about reading, or the idea of reading. I actually like books, physically having them around the house, the covers, the designs and then there are book stores! Pretending I belong and the possibilities that books bring. All are so appealing.
Despite all the things I like about books, I have a few issues with reading. One, I almost feel like I want a guarantee. A guarantee that I will like the book which is not really the point of reading but it does stop me from picking up any old book to read. I often go back to books I’ve read and enjoyed before but to be honest this is not a long list! Another issue is that although my mind feels busy when I’m reading, I could pick up a book at any time and fall asleep! I’m not talking about a relaxed, nodding off kind of sleep, I’m talking deep, can’t wake me, snoring my head off kind of sleep. Reading at night is definite no-no and even if I’m interested and it’s during the day I can guarantee I will be asleep within about 2 pages. Maybe I’m being a bit unfair on myself. I do read without falling asleep; newspapers, magazines, blogs, cookbooks just to name a few but I don’t think of these the same way as I do about reading a book.
The reason I’m writing this post now is because I’ve got into a bit of a reading groove the past few weeks. First up is Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano, a tale of Italy’s other mafia, the Camorra. Someone recommended this a while back and I thought why not? You may have seen this photograph on Instagram a while back, the day I started to read this book. Boy did I struggle! I couldn’t believe how difficult I found it to concentrate. I’m almost too embarrassed to say how many times I checked my phone, thought I was hungry or decided I needed more coffee. The list goes on, trust me! I have made a dent in the book and really make an effort to set the scene (the scene to help me concentrate not a scene from the book). My phone goes away, I make sure I’m comfortable and well fed and try to think of nothing else other then the words in front of me.
The other book I was giddy to get my hands on was Lisa Eldridge’s Face Paint book. I won’t gush about this book too much but all I will say is, it is a work of art and hopefully the first of many. This book really ticks all my boxes, the content so far is interesting, I love the structure of the book and visually, well I can’t put it down.
So while I long to be an avid reader I’m going to work away at these two and try to minimise all possible distractions at the same time. Wish me luck!