I did a lot of reading over my three-day weekend, unfortunately most of it was for school. For class I had to read the book The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman. The ideas in it are interesting. There’s psychology and discussion about how the brain and memory works. There is also lots of discussion about what good design is and what better way to do that than to point out lots of bad design?

But as fascinating as much of the information was it was just that, information. It is a book of information. That isn’t a bad thing in and of itself but I found the way the book was written to be dull and if I hadn’t had to read it for class I wouldn’t have finished it. I also resent that it took me so long to get through it and it ate into most of the time I had hoped to spend reading Hermione Lee’s Edith Wharton biography. Grr. I wanted very badly to forget about The Design of Everyday Things and wallow in Wharton, but I could not. Sometimes I really hate being a responsible adult and good student. I remind myself once again that I will be graduating in just over a year. Almost there!

Now to take a big swerve away from school to tell you about Amateur Reader’s Scottish Literature Reading Challenge and Clishmaclaver. All you have to do is read one, yes just one, literary work published before 1914 and written by a Scottish author. I’m using the challenge as the impetus to read Thomas Carlyle’s Sartor Resartus. I’m psyching myself up for it and have been since the first hints of this challenge began. I need all the psyching I can manage and will probably continue to psych myself up until sometime near Easter when it will become now or never.

Now for another swerve. National Library Week isn’t until April but it is never too early to start thinking about it and making delicious celebratory library plans. You can even get a spiffy badge for your blog featuring Neil Gaiman, the honorary chair of this year’s Library Week:

Can anybody tell what he is reading?

That’s enough swerving for one blog post. Off to do – what else? – school.