The first time I tried to read Cloud Atlas I got to page 16 and gave up. How do I, with a notoriously bad memory, know this? Because I’m reading Cloud Atlas again and when I got to page 16 I found this:
That’s a photo of Amiens, France, taken sometime during the summer of 1990, when I was backpacking through Europe with my college roommate. Evidently I was looking through old photos a few years back and decided this one would make a good bookmark (in other words, I didn’t want to toss the photo back in the box, but couldn’t figure out what else to do with it).
It’s actually getting kind of crowded in Cloud Atlas, because I’m also using as a bookmark this awesome postcard (although it’s slightly less awesome than the one she sent me of James without a shirt…that one is currently living in A People’s History of the US, which serves to make me smirk every time I open the book) sent to me by Care (who is the reason why I’m reading Cloud Atlas, so it’s only fitting that her postcard hang out in the book as I read it):
And wow, was that a doozy of a run-on sentence.
Every time I open Cloud Atlas I also find an appointment reminder for my next doctor’s appointment, stuck there to remind me to actual put the appointment on my calendar, as well as a letter that I want to reply to, and a regular bookmark that was in the last book I read that needed a new home.
Does anyone else put random things that need to be done inside of their current read? I do when I’m too busy to actually sit down and make a to-do list, because it’s the one place where I know I’ll be looking, which will then remind me to do things I need to do.
Of course, if I stop reading this book again, me and my to-do’s are totally screwed.