I finished Sense and Sensibility this week, and I did end up enjoying it. But I read it so fast, that I finished it and wanted more. I watched the movie, and I still wanted more. It was disappointing to pick up the next book (Dorian Gray) and know it was not going to have the romantic ending of Jane Austen. Should I read Sense and Sensibility again? No, I’m not going to, but I do wish I’d read it a little slower this first time. There is only one first time to reading a book.
I also picked up East of Eden this week. I read East of Eden first when my son was a newborn, and as I read, I loved it so much I wished I could discuss it with someone. I read during my one-book-at-a-time days. (I can’t imagine doing that now.) It was beautifully written, and it was full of deep issues. It would be perfect for discussion. After I finished reading it, I wrote a post or two on my personal family blog. No one commented. I found some book-specific blogs that I could comment on, and I loved the idea of sharing about my reading. Because of my experience reading East of Eden and wanting to write about it, I decided to start my own books blog!
As I began it again this week, I found myself longing to savor the language as I hadn’t savored Jane Austen’s language. I gave myself limits: no more than 10 or 20 pages (or so) at a time. I’ve only read about 70 pages this week and I am looking forward to continuing to read the novel slowly. Since I know what will happen, it doesn’t seem an issue to take it slowly. And Steinbeck is meant to be savored, I think.
I also finished a few other books. These were not take-it-slowly reads. Dorian Gray was okay. It’s creepy and I think we’ll have a good book club discussion next week, but it wasn’t a favorite for me, and I hope I don’t have to reread it. Some of Wilde’s philosophy got a bit boring to me, but the story moved quickly when it happened. My Classics Circuit pick, Black No More, was an interesting satire, and I’m glad I read it. It also wasn’t a favorite: it’s more of a novel I read for historical value. It got me thinking, and I think that was the point.
I’m still enjoying Inventing English slowly, and I picked up a volume of essays (Reading in Bed) about reading that Stefanie has been talking about. Oh, I love it already! I plan on reading these slowly (the entire book is about 150 pages) and I will pick out some favorite quotes to share with you about the joys of reading.
Do you purposely slow down your reading? Why or why not? Continue Reading