Despite all the work I’ve had to put into pre-move activities, I managed to read quite a bit this last month but I probably went outside the published reading pool more than usual. Now since I have less than two weeks before the move and since so many of my books are packed away, I will be re-listing many of the titles from July that I (this time) hope to read in and around the household confusion.
Another factor is that due to construction delays, I will be forced to put almost all of my books in a storage unit until the room and the bookshelves are built. I might not see them again until Christmas.
But I have a few books set aside for reading with my trusty magnifying glass and my digital readers are chock-a-block with electronic versions of a great deal of desirable or intriguing literature (not to mention digital piles of detective, mystery, and science fiction stories) so I won’t be hurting for reading satisfaction at all. My only fear is that I develop an uncontrollable urge to read a certain book that ends up in the storage area hidden in dozens of boxes of books. Will I survive or will I be forced to purchase an unnecessary second copy of the same book?
Next month I am intending to alter the reading pool just a tad and select 20 books and one author. The idea is that I would concentrate on reading an open selection of titles by that author. To date I have been dribbling authors like Modiano by selecting one title each month; now I might read all the Modiano I can fit into the month. But, aways being cautious and generally eclectic, I will also have a list of titles that intrigue me and expect to round out the monthly reading list.
For the record, here is the August version of the ACOR Active Reading Pool. Newer titles are in green. I can only hope that I have the time and energy to at least dent a few of these titles during the month:
- An Iliad — Alessandro Baricco
- Humboldt’s Gift — Saul Bellow
- Zero K — Don DeLillo
- Slouching Towards Bethlehem — Joan Didion
- Bucking the Sun — Ivan Doig
- The Big Money — John Dos Passos
- Dreaming In Cuban — Cristina Garcia
- The Big Sky — A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
- The True Believer — Eric Hoffer
- The Portrait of a Lady — Henry James
- The Vegetarian — Han Kang
- The Old Capital —Yasunari Kawabata
- The Man Who Spoke Snakish — Andrus Kivirähk
- Martin Eden — Jack London
- In the Café of Lost Youth — Patrick Modiano
- The Thanatos Syndrome — Walker Percy
- The Counterlife — Philip Roth
- It Came From Below the Belt — Bradley Sands
- Dendara — Yuya Sato
- Margret and the Death Threats — Georges Simenon
- The Ogre — Michel Tournier
- Hell — Yasutaka Tsutsui
- Vinegar Girl — Anne Tylor
- Parade — Shuichi Yoshida
- Violence: Six Sideways Reflections — Slavoj Zizek
- Author! Author! — David Lodge
- Uncentering the Earth — William T. Vollmann
- Infinite Jest — David Foster Wallace
- The Republic of Wine — Mo Yan