I started reading A Dance to the Music of Time (second movement) about 10 days ago. Since it’s a big and heavy-ish book, I brought my Kindle to work for lunchtime reading instead. I read a couple of chapters of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, and was just starting to get into it, when one day last week I returned to my office to find a book on my desk with a note from my boss’ assistant. The note read, “Stopped by. Mr. Boss wants you to read this book and give it to Joe Colleague when you are done.”
Really?! (I cast my eyes across 2.5 years of reading on my TBR pile…) Now?
Thanks to Mr. Boss, I’ve learned it’s possible for me to have two books on the go at the same time, but three concurrent reads sends me over the edge. I like getting totally immersed in my reading, rather than flitting from book to book, reading just a few pages at a time. And it’s important to me to finish books. Too many going at once and I begin to feel I’m not really reading any of them. So (grumble, grumble) I’ve set aside the Dawkins for a bit to satisfy Mr. Boss. Duty calls …
But you know, I really hate forced reading. What is it about “you have to read this, now!” that sends me running for the hills? The nature of the book hardly matters; the problem comes from taking away freedom of choice. This is one of the reasons I dropped my reading challenges this year — I wanted to choose what I read, when I want to read it. This “forced reading” for work would have been even more disruptive if I had reading challenge commitments, so I guess I can be thankful for that!
I’m sure I’ll survive this little interruption in my leisure reading. And what the heck, it will still “count” as a finished book, and you all will benefit from a review which will allow you to make your own choice!
Do you have any “required reading” stories or tips to share?
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