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Okay, Enough About Books

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Okay, even I can’t read ALL the time, so I’m guessing that you folks might voluntarily shut the covers from time to time as well… What else do you do with your leisure to pass the time? Walk the dog? Knit? Run marathons? Construct grandfather clocks? Collect eggshells?

Consider that I even maintain a vacation pile (books that I accumulate and put off until I go on vacation) of books, I hardly do anything other than reading. TV has become dispensable to me over the years other than an occasional PBS program that intrigues me like African American Lives 2 from last night and the news.

I’m a graduate student instructor who works also as a teaching assistant. I have students from two classes this semester: American Literature of Minority Writers and Survey of Major Russian Novels. I read their books when I’m not reading mine for pleasure! I prepare notes for their discussion sections, read their weekly writing assignments and comment on them. We just finished Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

I still enjoy going to the movies with friends and having popcorn, although it has to be a promising film that is worthy of $10.50 and my precious evening in lieu of books. I also work out at the gym, hike the beautiful trails the Bay Area has to offer, and travel. As you might have noticed from the pictures, ever winter I fly over the pond to Asia to see my family and take a side trip to a country I have never visited. I’m not a professional photographer but I like to carry my camera with me and capture moments of life in the everywhere I go. You’ll also spot me in the audience of symphony concert. Some of my favorite pieces include Haydn Symphonies 9 and 22.

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9 Responses

  1. With money tight and most of my spare time divided between work and kids reading is my main hobby too. But I have a couple others too. Happy BTT.

  2. I knit, watch TV, go out to eat, rent or watch movies, talk to friends, weed the garden, try to exercise.

    A Work in Progress seems to read more than you do.

    She works also, so I don’t know how she manages.

  3. This week’s BTT has been really fun. I enjoy reading about what everyone else does with the rest of their free time.

    I know how hard it is to make time for leisure activities when you are in grad school.

  4. Books are my main hobby too but I do love going to the movies. We try to catch a film once a week.

  5. I am a big admirer of your photography, Matt. Especially the shots I’ve seen recently!

  6. It’s baffling how you can manage with all these hobbies of yours. I try audio books during my commute but they put me to sleep!

  7. While studying Computer Engineering at University I came across staggering data and statistics regarding minorities, graduation rates and access to books. In todays high tech media environment, all people, young people especially need to be encouraged to read physical books. When I had my first child I was disappointed at the high price of used books for children in my area. As I searched for a cost effective way to locate books I ran across this company: http://www.booksliquidation.com.
    They offer wholesale prices on boxes to truckloads of used books (by genre) at very reasonable shipping rates throughout the US and abroad. For instance, at less than $50 a family can receive around 100 good condition kids books including shipping. Most books are like new condition and priced lower than books found at Goodwill or any used book store. The price of books is definitely one factor not talked about when promoting reading. Access to quality books at a price anyone can afford will most assuredly eliminate one barrier in regards to young people’s ability to read. Statistics show that the average high-school graduate has(had) a minimum 50 books available to them to read in their homes. Those going on to post elementary education had atleast 100 books in their homes. Books are expensive! Booksliquidation.com is one company that is assisting families in their effort to create a rich at-home reading environment for their children and their personal reference.

  8. Movies are so expensive these days. My husband and I always try to go to the matinée showings when we can, but even those are getting up there. A new theater that just opened up around here offers the first showing of their movies at $4, which we’re just eating up.

    I’ve enjoyed your photos very much. I think it’s a wonderful hobby to have and I think you are very talented at it.

  9. Leisure time for me…movies, theater, tinkering on the computer, meeting with friends for lunch/dinner, just hanging out watching TV or working on crossword puzzles. Kind of a boring life, isn’t it?

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