Every year it’s the same thing: another year. And in that other year lives a summer, and in that summer lives the hope that Bossy will be able to lie prostrate in the deep shade and read.
This wasn’t always an elusive concept for Bossy, who passed summers at her local town pool with her young kids, situating herself within mindful proximity of the baby pool, where Bossy lounged under an umbrella and read while the small children drowned.
And while reading all of those books — sometimes as many as one per day — Bossy would often mourn the fact she wasn’t putting aside time to write.
And then Bossy became a writer, where writer equals reenacting Varicose Vein Ablation using Barbies. So naturally these days Bossy mourns the fact she’s not putting aside time to read. Unless you count watching movies on her laptop as reading. And Bossy is so out of the book game, she isn’t even sure what she would read if she found the time. If she found the time under her Netflix Instant Watch queue.
As always, Bossy has a stack of neglected New Yorkers by her bedside. But Bossy and her son decided long ago it’s not worth panicking over those issues not read, but rather picking up with the latest issue and moving forward. So Bossy will do that. She will do that in theory.
What other kinds of reading material does Bossy keep bedside you probably are not asking, but Bossy already photographed them so she will show you anyway:
Who could forget this, Bossy’s favorite self-help book? According to the bookmark, it has taken Bossy fifteen months to read up to page 118, which is odd because last summer Bossy read to page 126.
The weird part is: Bossy loves this book. It’s all about visualizing positive outcomes as a preparedness mechanism to achieve personal goals while quieting inner disbelief and dehypnotizing destructive patterns of perception in order to actualize full potential — and sister mercy is it any wonder Bossy would rather watch TV?
Next Bossy has this, which was given to Bossy by her mom and described as a short read, which is why it’s now three years later and still Bossy hasn’t cracked it open:
The problem with this book is it’s about a college kid, and Bossy would rather talk to her very own college kid, even if the college kid on that book jacket does have nice sideburns.
Next, Bossy’s bedside sports this:
Why it’s Bossy’s favorite doorstop and yours, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen! And then there’s this book by Bossy’s bedside:
And lastly by Bossy’s bedside is this unread book:
This came into Bossy life through a book swap last December, and Bossy wanted to read it because she thinks it serves as a great example of an otherwise quirky writer who came up with a good idea, and that good idea landed him on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Bossy can sum up the books already in her possession in this way: Bossy will hold out for historical fiction. That and napping.
Which is what today’s Ten-Word Challenge is all about. In exactly ten words, can you tell Bossy about your summer reading list?
And please check back later today for the best summer reading lists on the web.
If you missed last week’s Ten-Word Challenge about moving, don’t! Click here! There were nearly 100 great tips and stories, in ten words of course!