Priorities – TV or Books?

My reading attention is sort of scattered at the moment.  I’m reading two things – We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, and the Nick Hornby book about books (still.  It’s long.)  I’ve never read anything by Jackson beyond her most famous short story, The Lottery, which I read in high school and loved.  But my friend and book group mate, Diana, loves her and for some reason I’m itching to read everything she’s ever written.  I guess I’m in the mood to be spooked.  I’m really enjoying it so far.

My attention is also divvied up between work, mothering, wife-ing, and, sad to say, television. I watch just a handful of shows, but I am completely devoted to them: Downton Abbey, Dancing With the StarsParks & Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and General Hospital. Yes, you read that right – I’m hopelessly hooked on a daytime soap opera.  I’ve watched it on and off since I was about 15 years old.  I don’t watch every day (thank you, DVR) but watch at least two episodes per week.

Lately the main storyline has been dragging on and on forever, and I’m getting sick of the lack of resolution (and the main actor’s scenery-chewing.)  I’m contemplating giving up GH for Lent.  I’m not very religious – I’m a lapsed Episcopalian – but the Lenten/Easter season has always been my favorite. Darkness and contemplation moving into light and celebration – how satisfying! How much more reading I will get done if I forgo an hour of television a day- or would I find another way to fritter away my time?  Would I go to bed earlier?  I’ve often wondered what I’d accomplish if I gave up TV completely.  But that’s CRAZY TALK, so nevermind.

I’ve got some fun books in the queue:  Get in Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link, The New Weird, an anthology edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer,  and Over Tumbled Graves by one of my very favorite authors, Jess Walter.  That was his first novel, a mystery.  I’m psyched to delve into these – if I can only focus!  Maybe it’s just a phase.

Anyone else hooked on shows that cut into your reading time?  Anyone taken the plunge and given up TV?  I’d love to hear how you did it.

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