I've been feeling really guilty about something for the past few months.
Okay, so guilt is a norm for me. I was raised Catholic. I also had a poor memory, which meant I'd face the priest with only a sin or two that I could actually recall, so I'd round out Confession with some Dick & Jane type sins like "I kicked Tommy in the shin" or "I pulled Sally's hair." I don't think I've ever pulled a girl's hair in my life. Sure did kick a lot of shins, though, so those Hail Marys were probably deserved.
But now? I feel especially guilty. As a kid, I was the biggest bookworm you've ever seen in your life. All I wanted for Christmas were books (and, once, a Trapper Keeper). My parent's worst punishment, reserved only for very, very special occasions, was to take my books away. I read everything I could get my hands on. This continued even past my English majordom, where I'd burn through a dozen required books a week and still have enough bookworm momentum to power through my suggested Writer's Reading List during summer breaks.
I bought a Kindle, for Chrissakes.
But lately? Whenever I look longingly at my bookshelf, I remember the article I haven't edited yet or the email I haven't sent. I haven't read a damn word. Not before bed. Not in the morning. Not at lunchtime. We all know the second-most repeated rule in Would-Be Writer history (second after "Show, Don't Tell") is "To Be a Good Writer You Must Be a Good Reader." So I've got a shelf full of spines I haven't cracked. What do I do?
I ask you what you do.
I know you, bloggers. You're writers. Which means you were once (and probably still are) readers. How do you do it? When do you do it?
What do you read?
Who are your favorite authors? Who are your favorite poets?
What are your book suggestions? If you could only pick three books that I need to read before I curl up and die, what would they be?
Now, I'm going to go take a bath with the afterlife. AKA Mary Roach's Spook. Fellow bookworms can find me on Readernaut to see what I've been reading as well as my occasional (pretentious and analytical) reviews. (Readernaut's kinda like a social networked bookshelf. Great way to connect with other readers, but kinda underused. Do you use a different bookwormy social networking site? Lemme know.)