November 27, 2010

Struggling to Keep Focus

I can tell it's nearing the end of the semester. Homework is a struggle. While I've been pretty good about staying on top of my reading, I'm starting to daydream about all the books waiting for me on my to-be-read shelf.

Not that I haven't been able to squeeze in a couple of fun reads over the last few weeks. I have. A few weeks ago I read A Wrinkle in Time and, a week or so later, The Sea of Monsters in the Percy Jackson series. This weekend I not only finished my weekly reading assignment in Our Mutual Friend and a few scholarly articles on Dickens's treatment of the feminine, but I also managed to finish off Seduced by Sin.

Those three books were easy, quick reads. I purposely picked them because I know that I can't afford to get drawn into any of the more complex novels sitting on my TBR shelf. Young adult novels don't require a lot of brain power or thoughtful reflection. The same goes for historical romances. Not that I'm knocking them. Quite the opposite. I quite enjoy "bubble gum" reads.

Since I've signed up for classes in the winter - call me a glutton for punishment - I'm already plotting what I'm going to read over the Christmas break. I'm thinking more bubble gum books! Strangely enough, the plan is to borrow my sister's Sookie Stackhouse books. I believe she has the boxed set and I plan on devouring those books in that week between Christmas and New Years. (I have to catch up to my cousin and sister so we can discuss what happened!)

But first, I need to get through the rest of Our Mutual Friend and write a 16-page paper about angels and demons in Dickens. Sounds fun, right?