I’ve abandoned all (but one) of the books I was reading. They’re all good books. But…
I’m in a total reading slump. I too quickly had to read too many books for work which broke my flow. I kept falling asleep on subways, chairs, and beds while reading. There was a lot of life happening that crushed my attention span.
So I it was only fair on the books to cut them loose. And come back to them later in life when I could give them the love and attention they deserve.
Because there’s nothing like starting over to get excited again.
Against Love by Laura Kipnis – The Orthodox Church by Timothy Ware (turns out I owned it already) – From Memory To Written Record by MT Clanchy – The Study Of The Bible In The Middle Ages by Beryl Smalley
Sovereign by CJ Sansom – Missoula by Jon Krakauer – What’s Happened To Politics by Bob Rae – In The Skin Of A Jihadist by Anna Erelle – The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida – The Shadow Of The Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto – Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari – Church Of Marvels by Leslie Parry – The Nest by Kenneth Oppel – Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Obviously the books I bought, and hope to open one day, are more ambitious than the eclectic mix I actually read. And these books were a mix of lucky finds, recommendations, and one or two for work rather than a coherent programme of reading.
I acquire and read so many books for work and for pleasure that, I admit, they can blur together. I pretty much default to three-star rankings. If you manage to get edited and published these days, it’s pretty hard to deliver a truly awful book. Though they do exist and I suffered a couple this month (whose titles I must diplomatically avoid).
But a few books always manage to sucker-punch you, which you remember a few days later. And then talk about. And proceed to force on your friends. The Shadow Of The Crescent Moon is one of these. I’ve described it as “Three hours. Three brothers. Tribal Pakistan.” The story unravels from there, spilling out its secrets before twisting them all back together in unexpected, spellbinding ways. I will re-read it before the end of the year.
Furiously Happy had me furiously laughing. At an airport gate. In front of security. Who let me onto the plane where I’m sure I was of concern to fellow inmates. But who cares? That’s what confined spaces are for, right?
And now the upcoming fall season is upon us, with its trove of excellent advance copies starting to arrive at the office. I can barely stack my to-be-read pile within its allotted shelf space. Only some revived Tetris skills keep it under control.
I may have to gag the next person who comes along bearing a book that I “just HAVE to read!”
1. How do you keep track of your T[o] B[e] R[ead] pile? I don’t. I stick it on my shelf where it haunts me until read.
2. Is your TBR mostly print or ebook? Stupid question.
3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next? The newer something is the more attractive it is. Or I’ve been getting several recommendations about the same book.
4. A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest. All six volumes of Gibbon’s Decline & Fall Of The Roman Empire. For reasons, I remember exactly that I bought them in 2001.
5. A book you recently added to your TBR.The Education Of Augie Merasty. A slim little volume from the surprising new line of books from the University Of Regina Press. Someone is building a feisty little commercial publishing arm over there.
6. A book on your TBR strictly because of it’s beautiful cover. If it was only there for the picture, it wouldn’t really be a TBR. But a good cover always gets pride of display place. Like this beauty.
7. A book on your TBR list that you never plan on reading. The Koran. Just like The Bible.
8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for. Like I said in (3), the exciting ones always get read first. So my current pile of advance copies is more “that looks interesting” instead of “that’s exciting!”
9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you. Again, see (3). These have already been read.
10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you. See (3) and (9). I’m notoriously difficult to recommend to.
11. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read.Bad Feminist. Keep wanting to get around to it but a newer model always comes along.
12. How many books are on your goodreads TBR shelf? None. Don’t have one. Any self-respecting reader has a proper TBR pile, not just a list.