Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Works For Me Wednesday: Reading at Lunch

I work a desk job. I enjoy my job (mostly), but sometimes, I just need to walk away from my computer. Obviously, lunch is the time to do this, and so, for the majority of my admittedly short career, I've used my lunch hour to grab a bite to eat somewhere, or to make up some errand I just HAVE to run, just to get away from my screen. (And yes, this does tend to get expensive as the errands I have to run involve buying things, usually...Plus paying to eat out somewhere.)

I got a wild hair last weekend, though, and I picked up this book for the first time in years.

I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as a freshman in high school. I finished the book in less than 24 hours. I was babysitting for my cousin, and he had the book, so I borrowed it. I've been hooked ever since. Now, I've never stayed up for a book premier, but I could be seen in line for the first movie sporting pajama pants made out of fabric covered with golden snitches. (I was like 15, it was totally acceptable to wear pjs in public, especially if they were THEMED pjs...) By the time I started reading the series, books 1-4 were released, so I gobbled those up, many times over. I waited impatiently for the debut of books 5-7, and I consumed those with just as much ferver as the first four.

But I've never read the series all the way through...1-7, with no breaks for other books in between. But last weekend, I decided I would start. I read Sorcerer's Stone last week, and last night, I finished the second book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (which, for the record, I enjoyed more this time than I ever have before). I'm starting the third book today, Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban (by far my favorite of books 1-4).

Why am I posting about this with the label Works for Me Wednesday? Because reading these books is my solution to the gotta-get-away-from-my-desk-at-lunch issue. I grab my book, my lunch, snuggle up next to a window, and get lost at Hogwarts. It works for me because it allows me to take a break from work, and it also helps motivate to bring my lunch, rather than run out to grab something. It saves lunch money! It entertains me! And it totally works for me.

What do you do during your lunch break (if you get one)? What book(s) should I read when I finish the Harry Potter series?
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Teaching Money to Kids said...

Well, I have a friend who is just as addicted to the twilight series. YOu might try that one. I had a lot of fun with a series of unfortunate events (you kind of have to wade through #4).
And we love the Chronicles of Narnia. They just never get old.

EmilySarah said...

During lunch, other wannabe nurses and I eat in a big lounge in our building and complain about stuff and talk it out! It's like free (well...sort of free) comedy/therapy!

Or we talk about patients.

You should read "Take the Cannoli" by Sarah Vowell.
And, if you haven't already, "Eat, Pray, Love." Or read it again. She has a new book out, too! It's about being married, from what I understand...

Valerie said...

I bring a book to read as well. I eat real quick and then go back to my office to sit back and read. I recently started the True Blood series and I'm really enjoying it.

Valerie said...

p.s. I left some blog love for you on my blog :)

Meghan said...

I always get away from my desk and go outside and read at lunchtime. I've recently convinced my husband to do the same and he loves it too. He can't believe how much more energy he has in the afternoon as a result. I think it's the extra vitamin D from being outside.

anonymous prep said...

I always read at lunch, even if I only get a half hour to skim through a magazine. It helps me feel sane.