In high school I declared these mass-market paperbacks a sin, and boasted I was only going to read real literature. At the time I had visions of attending an Ivy (I didn't even apply to an Ivy), wearing tweed (this is partially an homage to Monday night's "How I Met Your Mother" - watch it and you'll understand) and holding a work by Proust under my arm (I still have not read anything by Proust, nor do I really intend to). In college, I read for class and little else due to time.
And now? Now I read the news, work emails, and inconsequential blogs (this one leading the way) most of the time. My particular niche is reading an article and then devoting an hour to readers' comments; it's voyeurism into snarkiness at its best. I subscribe to half a dozen magazines and read them faithfully, mainly because glossy images are attractive wastes of time. Fact: I canceled my Vanity Fair subscription because it had TOO many articles and I only read one or two an issue (publicly, I stated that it was "too elitist"). And don't get me started on The New Yorker: if I were a subscriber, I would glance at the fanciful cover, peruse the cartoons (in all their sometimes esoteric glory), and then say, "Yes! A piece on the epic migration of monarch butterflies!" and put the magazine down. Forever. (Not to mention The New Yorker is weekly; sheesh!)
When I get home from work, a job that is fraught with reading dull emails and interacting with people all day, I don't like to read. Or to think, really. I turn the TV on, which is how I got into embarrassing sitcoms, like "The King of Queens". I adore "The King of Queens". I do. I don't think I've ever admitted it publicly. This is the routine: get home from work/gym, fix dinner, watch said dinner with the 7:30 airing of "The King of Queens", laugh. In that order. Matt loves the show too, so don't let him fool you.
When I do read, I'm often caught off-guard on how much I really relish it. This summer I finally read Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières. I very shamelessly borrowed a passage from the novel (sans reading the work it was from, of course) for our wedding. When I finally read the book, I devoured it in a few days, finishing it in tears at 2:30 am, with Matt and Penny sleeping beside me. In a fit of emotion, I woke Matt up and said, "You HAVE to read this!" He basically ignored me. I felt it was my obligation to tell the world how amazing this novel was...but no one was up. I think I may have emailed my mother-in-law (who gave me the book and read it as well). I then feverishly planned a vacation to the Greek Isles (where the book is centered), and thought about walking the ancient white-washed steps in sandals and swimming in the Ionian Sea. Well, that lasted about two days (at the two day mark, I checked flight prices out on Expedia).