Sarah’s Bangkok Reading Challenge

good-wivesI was whining on the phone to MJ last night that I’m finding it hard to entertain myself at the moment. It was essentially a repeat of our most common conversation that we’ve been having since I was little. It begins with,  “Muuu-uuum, I’m booooored”.

In between working long hours and sleeping, I’ve just hit a point where daily life seems a bit too dull. In fact, I embody the phrase “All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy.” I’m not looking for major life upheaval – I already have that in spades, I mean I just want to do something a bit fun at the end of the day to take my mind off work.

I usually keep busy with side projects and internet stuff, but they seem like more of a chore than a hobby lately, and I’ve finished watching the West Wing and 30 Rock. So MJ and I brainstormed a bit, coming up with a few suggestions, but the best one was to read books. This is no.1 on my list of favourite hobbies, and it’s the best way I know to wind down…but I’ve been struggling to get into any of the books on my shelf lately, and have about four books on my side table with bookmarks languishing at page 20. I went to the bookstore on Wednesday (hair colour day) to buy something new that could break the reading funk, but I talked myself out of it because every new book is another book that needs to be shipped home.

But on the bus ride home last night I had a breakthrough! I realised the perfect way to get myself to sit down, push past the first 20 pages of a book and enjoy reading again! (and lighten the load of books that I’ll bring home with me – Once I’ve read my books I can pass them on to friends).

I’ve decided to set myself the challenge of reading every book on my shelf before I leave Bangkok. I have quite a few books, and one of them is the 600 page journal of Joyce Carol Oates, so it’s more of an experiment to see how far I get than a challenge I expect to win, but I’m excited nonetheless!

Last night I started Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott, which I think will get my reading muscles moving again. I thoroughly enjoyed the first few chapters and am looking forward to getting back into it tonight. See, Sarah’s Bangkok Reading Challenge is already working!

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4 thoughts on “Sarah’s Bangkok Reading Challenge

  1. David

    What’s this website you talked about working on, eh?

    As for books, War and Peace is the stuff.

  2. Ben

    I think side-projects become a chore when you start to expect results from them. I struggle with this all the time, and find that it’s more enjoyable if you don’t force yourself to do it.

    Obviously there’s a danger of not achieving much like that, but at least it’s still fun.

    As for reading books, well that sounds a bit like watching TV, which is also a good time filler.. 😛

  3. Lara

    I wonder if you got my package yet? It contains light reading!!!
    I think Louisa May Alcott is a good idea. Given that you’ve got high adrenaline from work, it seems to me that the last book you were reading (the one where the grizzly bear got it’s heart ripped out and it’s soul stolen), well, was it a bit too much?! Ladies worrying about boyfriends and their sisters seems a little more relaxing to me!

  4. Meaghan

    I’ve got NOTHING to read. Feel free to ship any books you’ve finished to me. Alternatively, a short list of recommended reading would suffice. Thanks in advance!

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