My Own Personal Sabbath #13: The Pruning

Subtitle: The Slow Burn

Almost every Sunday since mid-May 2020 with a few exceptions, I have been taking my own personal Sabbath, where I tune out of the news and social media and turn off my ringer and all notifications on my phone. Throughout the day and/or sometimes the next day, I share what I am reading, listening to or watching during my Sabbath.

If you could look at my history on Libby of books I’ve checked out and not read just from this year, it probably would be at least 50 books. Likewise, I’ve probably checked out at least a dozen physical books from the library where I work (and have worked for the last decade) that have gone unread. Others, I have checked out and returned a few times but not read yet. However, in total, I’ve only read just under a dozen at 11.

So I’d guess you could say that I have an omnivorous appetite but only a small “stomach” for reading. In a way, it’s similar to pruning in that I let lists build up, then I borrow too many books, and finally I cut back to what I really want to read.

And sometimes I digest books slowly. For example, the last book I finished was Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld, a collection of his favorite material through the years. I’ve been making my way slowly through it since the start of the year. Then the two books previous to that I finished were two short devotionals read over the 40 days of Lent.

Out of the other eight books, only three were read in less than a week, with two, both nonfiction, taking about a month. The other three, all but one nonfiction, were read at about a week. So I guess you also could say that I like the slow burn when it comes to my reading, especially with nonfiction.

All of the fiction I’ve read this year (all FOUR of them) were all crime fiction, and the next fiction books that I plan to read are all crime fiction, all by Elmore Leonard. They are Get Shorty, Be Cool, and Out of Sight, all three which were made into movies. I’ve seen all but Be Cool, but plan to watch all three when I’m finished with them.

So, this afternoon, I plan on starting with Get Shorty and then reading Be Cool next Sunday afternoon and Out of Sight on the last Sunday of the month. Maybe Kim and I can have a mini-Elmore Leonard filmfest on Memorial Day as we are both off work that day.

This morning, I’d like to start Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep by Tish Harrison Warren. I bought a copy but I also have it in audiobook on loan from our library consortium’s electronic resource collection. I liked Warren’s book, Liturgy of the Ordinary, which I read earlier this year, so I thought I’d give this one a try.

As for what we’re watching tonight, I’ll refer to yesterday’s post, where I mentioned that.

10 thoughts on “My Own Personal Sabbath #13: The Pruning

  1. Hey every reader is different. I’m like your wife although I prefer to be uninterrupted of course LOL

    Get Shorty – never read the book but that movie is awesome. Have a great week.

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  2. I have an omnivorous appetite but only a small “stomach” for reading.

    I like this.

    Some people keep a list of books they start but do not finish, but I have never done that. I would imagine the ratio of checked-out books to read books for me is at least three to one. And I think that’s perfectly okay.

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  3. I like how I can see my check-out history at my library — for all the books I return without reading. I often look at the list and get to the books later. But there’s many I don’t get to — and that’s all right. It’s okay to be picky, right? Would you say you really liked the Jerry Seinfeld book? I’m a fan and I think it would be good on audio. Have a great week.

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  4. You once said to me that, as book bloggers, there’s the tendency to view reading as a competition of sorts — or, at the very least, compare our progress (or perceived lack thereof) to others…even if we know that this is unhealthy or unrealistic. Nothing wrong with slow reading, my friend!

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  5. I like that you savor the books you read. It isn’t (or shouldn’t be) a competition or sprint. Reading is so enjoyable; we should appreciate each book as they are happening.

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  6. I do that too…check out stuff from the library and never read it. But only because the books tend to come in when I’m in the middle of reading another book.

    I want to read the Seinfeld book.

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