I haven’t died or fallen off the planet, I promise. It’s a combination of work and school that have had me in a headlock. Things are slowing down now. Of the two classes I’ve been taking, the harder of the two is over and there are only a handful of days left for the second one. I hope to resume my blogging and writing with regularity within the next week or so. But on with babble!
A while back, I talked about the alchemy of creating time and how I managed to squeeze a little more time into my day. One of the discoveries I’d made at the time was a nifty little website called dailylit.com. They send you “chunks” of books in an email or through an RSS feed. You can modify the length of it within their pre-established parameters and it has not only enabled me to read more during my day, it sets up a mini break during my day. I get mine at 10:15, and even at the maximum length, it only takes me about 15-20 minutes to read the email. It helped me read A Room with a View by E. M. Forster without losing reading time at night, and I’ve been reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo during these “free” moments (while waiting in line, for example) without losing time reading material for school. What I have noticed is that keeping the previous email as a reference until I have a chance to read the next one is extremely helpful – especially if I don’t have an opportunity to read that day’s email for a couple of days. It was a little too easy to forget what had happened to that point, and it’s entirely necessary** with a book like Hunchback.
It also has convenient features like being able to put the delivery on hold for two weeks if you head on vacation or when you know you’ve gotten bogged down with life and need time to catch up without getting behind on your reading too.
I highly recommend this service. There’s a great selection, it’s convenient and it’s free. There aren’t many better combinations than that. So quit whining and use it. You have time to read. Start with 15 minutes a day. You’ll be novel-deep before you know it.
** I am all for challenging myself, but after about a quarter of the way through the novel, I am convinced that Hugo is just a frustrated architect. He has spent a disproportionate amount of time mooning over the architecture of Paris. Some part of him realized he was going way overboard because at least twice I remember specifically, he recapped his expansive (and exhausting) description of Paris, trying to condense what he was presenting to the reader. I understand that some of it is necessary to understand the character o the place, and the same with the politics, but come ON….I’ll admit that I skimmed large chunks just to get back to the characters and the interactions that were far more interesting.