There are a lot of benefits to running my business out of my home.  I love not having to get up and squeeze onto the subway with everyone else.  I don’t have to wait in line at the coffee cart.  My co-workers are my two sweet cats; they hardly ever cause any office drama or gossip.  And when I do work out of my house… it’s outside in the sunshine with my beyond fabulous clients. It’s a pretty great deal.

My only regret is that I hardly ever find time to read anymore.  Today it’s chilly and rainy in New York City – you can smell autumn in the air.  (I actually wrapped a scarf around my neck when I went out this morning!  Love it!)  This time of year puts me in the mind of reading and books.  Maybe it’s the whole “back to school” mentality.  Before I left my 9 to 5 for the wonderful world of self-employment, I used to spend my commute reading.  And I desperately miss that.

I still read of course… a chapter or two before bed, or when I take a trip.  But I definitely don’t read the amount I did before.  I used to not only read during my commute, but on my lunch break as well.  Now I eat while I’m working, and unless I’m meeting a friend for lunch, I don’t really take a “lunch break.”

I miss having my nose in a book on the subway.  Or being so engrossed in a novel that I count the minutes until I can go to lunch and get back into my book.  I think that is something I have to make time for again.  I have to close the computer and take the time to enjoy my lunch and a good book too.

I don’t think I even realized I’d lost that precious reading time until recently.  I’ve been so caught up in work, work, work that I let something I love so much slip away, which is sort of sad.  My birthday is Thursday – yes, I’m taking the day off! – and while I’m out, I might just treat myself to a trip to the bookstore to stock up on some great reads, so I can get my literary habits back in line.  Any suggestions?  Anything you’ve read lately that you just couldn’t put down?  (To give you an idea of what I like, some of my favorite authors are: Harper Lee, David Sedaris, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jeffrey Eugenides, Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon…)  So recommend away!  I need some new books ASAP!

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  1. M
    Aug 24, 2010

    Let’s see:

    Fortune Cookie Chronicles
    Gospel of Food
    Year of Living Biblically
    The Lunatic Express
    Jesus is not a Republican
    The Tipping Point
    Paradox of Choice

    That’s all I can think of for now. I mostly read non-fiction, social science books so that may not be your cup of tea.

  2. Katie Jane Parker
    Aug 24, 2010

    Thanks for the suggestions! I read a lot of that kind of stuff too, so I’ll definitely keep your recommendations in mind. I think what I want right now, though, is a really great novel I can climb in and swim around in.

  3. Alethea Fitzpatrick
    Aug 24, 2010

    I assume you’ve read Kavalier and Clay? That’s one of my all time favorite books (along with To Kill a Mockingbird). How about Brothers K by David James Duncan. Definitely a book you can sink your teeth in. I found it a bit heavy on the baseball to begin with but worth pushing through. I also love Toni Morrison – I think I read Beloved in one very powerful sitting (this was before I had a baby or my own business!) Sadly that’s all that really comes to mind right now as I haven’t read too many meaty novels lately either. Happy birthday for Thursday!

  4. Katie Jane Parker
    Aug 25, 2010

    Yes, Kavalier & Clay is so amazing! I haven’t read Brothers K, but I will give it a go! I haven’t read anything by Toni Morrison actually, so I should probably do that. Thanks for the suggestions!