Confessions of a Slow Reader

Hello! I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday. Do you have any Sunday rituals? In my family we have Sunday Breakfast, which today I have had with my grandmother who is visiting. I got up before her, at eight, and I spent the morning reading some more of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. Now, you might be following me on Instagram, and thinking, but weren’t you reading that two weeks ago? And yes, I was. But I am a slow reader, and so I am still reading the one hundred odd pages long book, two weeks later. I have always been a pretty slow reader, and I am still not sure how I got through a literature degree, or how I kept my head above water in the publishing industry, or how I built this whole identity around books and being a reader, when in actual fact, I don’t really read all that much. It often…

The Book Industry Course: Our First Week

So the first week of my course on the Norwegian book industry has come to an end, and what a week it’s been! I almost can’t believe the scope of it, it’s so varied and we really are covering the industry from top to bottom. We’ve had classes in law, marketing and economy, which were quite full on and pretty heavy, so I’m definitely feeling challenged. In economics I wasn’t doing too well with the maths, so to motivate myself I went out and bought a lovely moleskin with graphed paper and some really cute pencils. Then I spent two evenings buckling down with my economy book, and I think I’ve now got a better grasp on it, but we’ll see how it goes next week. Literary communications on the other hand, was a whole new ballgame. Dramatic poetry readings, practicing breathing techniques, dramaturgy theory and lying in a circle humming, it…