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Fandom Friday: Climb Ev’ry Mountain (Except That One, Because It’s Impossible)

To continue our theme of Sound of Music song titles…

I’ve been thinking recently about my own reading habits.  As a child, I was a voracious reader.  By the time I was ten, I was checking books out of the library ten at a time (that was the limit that the public library allowed for children), only to bring them back three days later.  I often look back on those days with a mixture of nostalgia and humor, imagining the Matilda-like image of my young, insatiable self.  Unfortunately, as I’ve aged, it has become harder and harder to maintain quite that speed of literary consumption.  At my lowest point, back in 2013, I only managed to read 18 books in an entire year.  But this year, as a semi-New Year’s resolution, I made myself a promise in two parts: 1) I was going to do a little bit of leisure reading every day and 2) I was finally going to finish all those books that had been sitting on my to-read shelf for years and years, collecting dust while I smothered under the weight of all my assigned reading.  (Never let it be said that being an English major is a walk in the park.)

The book that haunts my English-major nightmares.

To begin this journey, I started with the books that I had filed under my “currently-reading” shelf on Goodreads.  They were books that I had picked up at some point, then put down again for various reasons (schoolwork, only a limited number of books fit in my suitcase going abroad, etc.) and never finished, but couldn’t bring myself to put back on the to-read shelf, denying the progress I’d already made. Most of these books had been there for perhaps a year, maybe a bit more.  But there was one outlier in all this, the dark shadow at the back of my bookshelf, lurking, waiting: Dune. Continue reading