This morning my son asked me how long it takes to read a whole book. Now, this is a difficult thing to measure unless your timing it, which is impossible what with all the interruptions of reading like having to go to work, feed your family, personal hygiene and HBO Documentaries that need watching.
But when you read a 440 page book in essentially one sitting, you get a good estimate.
About 5 hours, son.
See, I’ve been trying to convince him that books are best devoured in long periods of losing yourself to a story, of letting it sweep you away. If I was forced to read for 20 minutes at a time there’s no way I would become invested in a story.
I’m trying to show him that staring into a book is far better than whatever time warp YouTube or Instagram can take you on. This is one of those things I won’t give up on. It’s too important.
Case in Point: this book, Woman in the Window by A.J. Flinn was one such example of how thrilling a book can make 5 hours laying in bed be. The main character, Anna Fox, shares her story with a delightfully upbeat voice despite telling a somewhat sorrowful, somewhat scary, somewhat mysterious, totally intriguing tale. She is a woman who suffers from agoraphobia, a mental illness that leaves one trapped in their home, she drinks merlot to insidious levels and is sloppy with her meds. She fills her lonely days obsessing over her neighbors until one day she witnesses a crime that creates a chasm in her “cozy” little world.
Woman in the Window lacks the fanciful language that my more recent reads have offered, but in a way, I think I was ready to switch it up. I believe my exact words were, “I need to read something lighter.” So of course I go for the murder mystery. Of course.
But light it was, despite the darkness of her constantly drawn curtains and the sorrow of her world, Anna Fox’s transparency and sense of humor keeps this book moving along nicely.
Definitely recommend. And hey, it’s 20% off at Target. Shout out to Target for having the paperback for picture taking purposes since I read this baby on my moms kindle. (Shout Out to my mom for bottomless reading potential).