Sitting Around on a Sunday — The Bored Edition

After all of the anticipation and excitement of last weekend, where my brothers and their families came to visit and I ran my first 5k, this week has been anti-climactic.  I suppose I needed the time to “chill out” and take it easy, but I found it hard to get interested in much of anything this week.  Work kept me really busy, which was ok as the days went by quickly, but in the evenings …. I was bored.

Oh sure, I was still reading, but nothing was holding my attention for very long.  You know how some people look in their closet full of clothes and declare that they have nothing to wear?  I was like that with my bookshelves.  Hundreds of books waiting to be read and all I could say was “meh”.  Even the huge stack of magazines sitting by my reading chair did not interest me.  Now the old bookaholic me would have just gone out and bought a new shiny book to read, but I did not do that — I accepted the fact that it is only a temporary lull and a new book is not the cure.

(PS Yes you are at the right blog — this is bibliosue talking 🙂 )

I wonder if it has anything to do with the back to school season.  I always loved going back to school and getting back into the routine of classes and homework (yep, I was a nerd).  Maybe I’m missing that routine?  Going to work every day just doesn’t have the same effect; probably because I don’t ever get an extended break in order to welcome the routine back.

For the last few weeks I’ve had on my desk a brochure for some fall classes at The Newberry Library in Chicago and one that I’ve highlighted is a Saturday seminar on Moby Dick.  This book is sitting on my to-read shelf, but frankly it intimidates me; “studying” it with a group might be the ideal way for me to read it and for me to scratch that back to school itch.  What do you think?

 

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10 Responses to Sitting Around on a Sunday — The Bored Edition

  1. Leeswammes says:

    Oh, poor Suzanne. It sounds like you are in a dip after preparing for the Big Event for so long! I have one tip for you, and it comes from a book I recently read, a self-help books (I never read self-help books, but OK). It says, if you don’t want to do something, just do it for 5 minutes, and that is usually enough to get going. So, pick up that Moby Dick book, or another book, and sit down with it. If you’re not happily reading within 5 minutes, you’re good to put it away again. But give it a go, don’t say NO just just for the sake of it.

    Hope your Sunday will be fine after all!

    • bibliosue says:

      Thanks Judith, that is good advice. I actually use it when I’m dreading going to the gym. I tell myself I’ll only go for a short time even when I don’t want to go at all, but once I’m there and I’ve started exercising I have no trouble putting in at least an hour. I’m sure with a book I’ll have the same outcome.

      • Leeswammes says:

        Yes, it works for the gym, too! My summer membership has lapsed. I’m trying to go bicycling now. Just a little distance… and then make a nice detour (if the weather is nice).

  2. gsjonuk says:

    I tried to read Moby Dick once and failed. I found the diction tricky and I didn’t know what the author was communicating and I had to re-read sentences and paragraphs and was still confused. After awhile I gave up and picked up something that I actually enjoyed reading. That was over 20 years ago and I really ought to try again since the book is revered as a classic and is often refereed to, especially with regard to the human conditions of obsession and revenge. A resource that found useful a few years ago when I read some classic Twain was websites that tell you what you red chapter by chapter. I would imagine Moby Dick would have similar info.

    Furthermore, Leeswammes advice reminded me of the time management techique often called the Pomodoro Technique (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique). My wife stumbled across it on a organization/ home maintenance resource called Fly Lady (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique) which suggests that “you can do anything in 15 minutes.”

    • bibliosue says:

      I read Ulysses a few years ago, Greg, and I didn’t get it at all so I get your point of reading something that I enjoy rather than what you feel you “have” to read. That said, it does feel good to say that I’ve read Ulysses!

  3. HJ Clow says:

    I’m in a bit of a book funk too. That happens to me after reading several good books in a row. But another good book is always out there.

    And go for the Moby DIck seminar! It sounds like fun.

    • bibliosue says:

      It does sound like fun, doesn’t it Heather? I just have to do some more investigating because it turns out I’ll have to miss two of the sessions for prior commitments but if I can work it out I would like to give it a go.

  4. Sounds like you are in a book slump – I hope it passes soon!
    And I think the Moby Dick seminar is a fantastic idea. I’m a big supporter of studying in your free time, just for yourself. Have you been on the Coursera website? It has lots of free university level courses.

    • bibliosue says:

      I have heard of Coursera but I’ve not checked it out. Thanks for the recommendation, Sam.
      I think I could have made a success out of being a professional student 🙂

  5. Donna says:

    I read Moby Dick through the Basic Program at the University of Chicago (I highly recommend this program!). Doing it with a group over 8-10 weeks is the way to go. Everyone I talked to rolled their eyes when I said I was reading Moby Dick, but it turned out to be one of the great experiences of my reading life. Go for it!

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