Susan Dennis (susandennis) wrote,
Susan Dennis

When I retire, I'll read

It's been 40 years since I was in school. I was a horrible student and I hates school for a million reasons but one was that I never had any time to read the stuff I wanted to read. I used to whine about it all the time to my parents and I'd tell them as soon as I got out of school I was going to read anytime I wanted.  "But, you'll have to work - reading doesn't pay well." "Ok, then, when I retire, I'll read all the time."

For years I read constantly. I always had 4 books lined up so that the meantime between books was nano seconds.  About 10 years or so ago, I fell out of the habit and I don't know why but I'd read sometimes but not always. Gradually, I've gotten back on the track.

I always have an audible book going - mostly thrillers. I listen for at least an hour before I go to sleep.

Right now, it's Natchez Burning by Greg Iles. I'd read anything he wrote and this, his latest, is the first of a trilogy. Nirvana for me.  I'm about 5 hours from the end (it's a 36 hour book) and it does not disappoint.

I nearly always have a book going on my Kindle Paperwhite. This can be fiction or non-fiction. It's always in my purse and is my go to for restaurant dining alone.  And my pickup book for mid-afternoon.

Right now, it's Sleep Tight, by Rachel Abbott.  I've never read anything of hers but the first 5 minutes of this one had me hooked.  Hilariously, I got it because scottynola keeps writing about how great Megan Abbott is to read. So I looked her up on Amazon but screwed up the search and got the wrong Abbott.  I found this Rachel Abbott in the Prime lending library. I did not realize I had the wrong Abbott until I started writing this entry! I'll have to remember to do the search correctly next time I'm book looking.

I usually have an audible book loaded onto my swimming player.  Sometimes I listen to music and sometimes I listen to podcasts but I do like a book because it's an iPod Shuffle and works best with the audible format. It sets a bookmark which holds even if I stop and listen to music for a while. (It doesn't do that with podcasts.)

Right now, I am listening to Jesse Bering's Why is the Penis Shaped Like That? and Other Reflections on Being Human.  Kind of weird but, oddly, very satisfying swimming listening.  Although I have to admit that while listening today, I was undressing the male swimmers as they went by... with my eyes.

And, finally, I generally try to keep a Mary Roach book in my Kindle app. You can read her stuff in short snippets or big gulps and have one day or 100 days in between without diminishing the pleasure.  My only complaint is that she does not put out books fast enough.

Up now and, sadly, nearly to the end is My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places.

It's one of the greatest pleasures and, for me, even more so since I can now get everything electronically. I'm not one who misses holding up a heavy book and turning paper pages.
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