Thursday, March 22, 2007

Time on your hands...

I love reading. I love books. In fact, I probably have more books than I will ever be able to read in my lifetime. I amass them like old crazy ladies amass cats. In fact, I'm looking forward to going to this awesome sale next week to buy more. Books that is. Not cats. At $5 a bag -- books, people, books -- how can you possibly go wrong? Plus, one of my favorite sites is Bookcrossing. My "bookshelf" there has tons of my books registered and lists of books I'm reading, want to read, etc. Other folks do the same thing. What you will notice if you go there is I have read 5 books so far this year and am working on a sixth. I think that's pretty good -- one every two weeks. Besides, despite il mio amore dei libri (sorry but I gotta start practicing my Italian again), and despite my speedreading abilities (don't know how to translate speedreading), I only have so much time to spend actually reading. I do have a job after all.

Which brings me to my point. Sort of.

I was researching some other "bookcrossers" before adding them to one of my "bookrings" (definitions can be found on the bookcrossing site if you really care), and I saw that one of them claims to have read almost 19 books so far this year. That's more than one book a week. Even for a really fast reader, that seems like alot -- doncha think? All I could think was, does this girl have a job? a life? an inability to tell the truth? I don't know. I just thought it was weird. But this particular bookcrosser is from the Netherlands, so I thought maybe it's an international thing? So I browsed around a bit at the bookshelves of other US bookcrossers and found someone in NY who claims to have read 17 and someone in California who claims to have read 21! 21 fucking books in 81 days. That's about 1 book every 4 days. And I thought, Are you fucking serious? Who has that kind of time? Even if you didn't have to work, because you were retired or independently wealthy, or had a sugar-daddy, or whatever -- wouldn't there be other things you'd want to do besides reading books? Or is there enough time in the day to read 1 book every 4 days if you don't have to work?

I think I'd really like to know the answer to that last one. Because I know I'd want to do more than just read books if I didn't have to work. But I don't know what time feels like without a job.

I think someone should be my sugar-daddy so I can find the answer. You know, for scientific purposes. Although sugar-daddy may be the wrong word, because I don't want to have to give anything in return. I mean, I'll go to dinner or on vacation (with separate rooms of course), but I won't . . . you know. What I really need is someone to just give me a whole ton of money, no strings attached. Yes. That would be best. Any volunteers?


LSL said...

"Bookcrossing" had me until talking about leaving books somewhere or giving them away. Like you, I hoard them.

And those other people? They're liars.

durban bud said...

I was gonna write about my need for a sugardaddy as well today. I also need a life manager. Let me know how it goes.