Well, a decision, anyway.

I’ve decided that, until I’m getting more sleep on a regular basis, I’m not going to read any deep, intellectual, or highly scholarly books. I just can’t concentrate enough to get through them. The latest failure was What are People For? by Wendell Berry. I admire Berry; he has many good and important things to say. But this time, reading his essays only put me to sleep. Which I suppose is a good thing, seeing that I need all the sleep I can get. But I kind of feel guilty drifting off in the middle of an essay on, oh, technology and its evils, or the reasons I should be supporting local agriculture.

I’ll probaby get around to attempting to re-read this book sometime within the next year. When I’m getting more sleep.

Until then, only light, fluffy, soapy, entertaining books that I can stay awake through.

4 thoughts on “Decisions.

  1. Laura says:

    Have you read Berry’s novels? He is one of my very favorites, but I prefer his fiction, mainly because I always prefer fiction.


  2. Hey, nothing wrong with light & fluffy!Can you read while nursing? Only one of my three would let me. The other two seemed to sense immediately if my attention was elsewhere.


  3. Laura — I’ve read one of Berry’s novels, The Memory of Old Jack. I remember liking it, but I don’t remember much else. I should check out more of his fiction.And Julie — I’m glad my kids let me read while nursing, though I didn’t figure out that I “could” until Alison. Before then, I just watched TV. Silly. Reading is a much more productive way to spend time. 🙂


  4. Nothing at all wrong with fluffy books. Especially if you’re sleep deprived or stressed out at all (like that would ever happen!). I made a similar decision after I had my second daughter. I read fluff all the time while nursing her. Occasionally I would read a book about coping with postpartum depression, but I think the fluff was more helpful.


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