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  • Writer's pictureLisa M. Lucero

Too many books to read and not enough time to get to all of them

Updated: Mar 13, 2019

Sometimes I feel like Henry Bemis in the Twilight Zone episode "Time Enough at Last." You want to read all of them, but life gets in the way and you can't resist purchasing even more books every time you step foot into a bookstore.

Not only do you not have enough time to read them all, but you have to make a tough decision on which one you should read next. I sometimes have a priority list written out, but that usually doesn't work out. I hear from others how great a book is or read a review that praises an author and their work. I get excited about it and want to purchase the book or books right of way, then I have to make changes to that priority list.

Once again, time plays a role on what I read next. I start off with books that are less time consuming and end with the more lengthy books on my list. Sometimes if I start reading a lengthy book I end up putting that one off to the side for an extended amount of time, then read a couple of chapters before putting it off to the side again. The cycle continues on. It could take months before I finally finish it.

Having a four year old running around and constantly wanting mom's attention makes it difficult as well. My mind isn't always in the right frame, so I lack concentration. Just finding a way to make time and getting away from distractions, such as a loud, boisterous child, and writing duties is extremely difficult.

I do think it is important to set some time aside to pick up a good book. All of us just need some time to get away from reality and journey off into a more idealistic place where we can imagine a world where we can just forget about our problems.

Henry Bemis when he realizes he has enough time to read, Twilight Zone

And the best thing, the very best thing of all, is there's time now... there's all the time I need and all the time I want. Time, time, time. There's time enough at last.

Henry Bemis when he breaks his glasses as the only survivor after an atomic bomb goes off, Twilight Zone

That's not fair. That's not fair at all. There was time now. There was, was all the time I needed...

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