Anxious for Reading.

Sometimes, I feel anxious about the number of books I have.

Sometimes, I feel anxious about the number of books I want/need to read but never do.

Sometimes, I check out a bunch of books from the library because “they look good” only to return them the next day because I feel anxious about reading them before all the others that I own and need to read first. Not to mention feeling anxious about trying to read them before they’re due book. I mean, I know I can renew them or check them out again if I can’t finish them, but it’s the idea of reading them before the end that makes me nervous.

I don’t know why.

I think it’s because there’s so many choices that it’s hard for me to make a decision to choose something and stick with it.

It just does.

I want to complete the list for the Great American Read. I’ve read a lot of them already and some I’ve tried reading before the list came out and didn’t like them, so I’m anxious to start them again. And some I’ve read, and thought they were okay but don’t know if I should read them again, but feel like I should just to say I completed the list.

Why do we continue on with these book challenges, it only causes anxiety. And yet I think about them anyway.

Currently I’m reading Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. I’m about halfway through it. It’s a re-read for me and it’s on the Great American Read list. I wasn’t fond of the book the first time around, but there’s a sequel and it’s been on my mind as most sequels and trilogies do and since it’s been a number of years since I last read it, I thought I should refresh my memory.

It’s slow going. But I think it’s because it’s a technical book and I don’t think technically. Therefore it gives me more effort to think about what I’m reading. Ay. Not to mention I love the movie better. I think it was a good adaptation and they changed some things that should be changed. Like the ages of the kids, Lex and Tim and Drs. Grant and Sattler.

I take what Stephen King said seriously. He said something along the lines of, sometimes you read the book for the story and the way it’s written and sometimes you read the story for the characters. Then when you have a book that has good characters and a good story at the same time, then you appreciate it more. That man has some good thoughts, even when some of his stories are a little out there.

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