I also feel like i am reading less, which i don't like. I didn't realize how much time i spent reading at my old job! I would read on my breaks and at lunch and would have a book out anytime we had more than a minute or so between calls. Now, while i can take 2 15 min breaks and up to an hour for lunch, i'm not reading during the workday. I don't have to take a lunch and prefer most days to take my first break around noon to fix my lunch and have been walking with a group of women most days for my second break. so instead of reading maybe an hour or so during the day I am reading 10 mins or less.
The advantage of the new job on the reading front is that I get to listen to audio books. This is reading and I am not disparaging audio books in anyway but it is a different quality of experience. I'm driving so part of my brain and body are focused on that task while the reading part of my brain is, well, reading. It is less relaxing i think.
My numbers don't look too bad: 24 books finished so far in 2011. But 5 have been graphic novels which only take an hour or so to read, 5 have been audio, 2 were books i mostly read in 2010 and just finished up in January and 1, 84, Charing Cross Road, was only 112 pages, many of which were half-pages of text. So overall i've finished 11, a hair above 1 a week. By comparison, taking out comics but not audio as i didn't track those last year, I finished 113, or just over 2 a week. And I haven't dived into any big books, or meaty classics, or even many of my own!
Stuff i NEED to do:
- finish the grad school apps. I have to write my little "why i want to go back to school" essay still. just 500 words but...
- clean out the library, removing all the boxes and shelving the books. we really need 1 more shelf somewhere but i could get most of the stuff out of there anyway.
- Hang up all the pictures!
- and a perennial one, exercise.