A day off, reading
Today I spent the day offline reading three novels by Colin Dexter; Service for All the Dead, The Dead of Jericho and The Riddle of the Third Mile. I read them in a Danish translation and so I’ve decided not to quote from them here. I read all the Inspector Morse books back in the (7th? 8th grade?), but it’s been a long time so I didn’t remember the plots and I enjoyed rereading these novels.
It’s been a very long time since I last read fiction in Danish, probably at least a couple of years, and today’s experience made me remember that you can actually read a lot of pages in a very short amount of time if the stuff you’re reading is fiction in your native language; a novel like any of these three corresponds, in terms of the time expenditure required, probably to at most a couple of chapters of a decent textbook. I have to say that the “I read 50 books a year” segment just became significantly less impressive to me than it was before.
If you can ever find the opportunity to just take a day out of your life and spend it doing little else but reading stuff you’d like to read, it may be worth considering doing it every now and then.
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