You may have noticed that I often start a new book before I finish the old one. I know I stash different books in various places (bedroom, office, bathroom, patio) but that’s indicative of my fear of ever getting caught with nothing to read and it is fading away into history with the advent of electronic reading devices, especially my iPhone 6 Plus.
Nowadays I have all of the titles in my most recent reading pools ready in my pocket.
But what I often find myself doing is getting a little tired of the book I am currently reading and jumping ahead to a new title that might seem to offer me more excitement, more interest, more satisfaction. Keeping a roll-over list of books I haven’t finished has helped control the urge to rush ahead, but this last month I notice that my auxiliary reading list was almost as busy as my monthly reading list.
It’s interesting that the age or the length of a book doesn’t seem to be a major factor in my running out of steam. I read War and Peace cover to cover twice, almost without stopping, but I cried real tears desperately trying to finish some relatively short books. I really notice this phenomenon when I try to read science fiction: a lot of the gee-whiz way-cool fiction, let’s face it, is pretty boring.
Reducing the pool to only twenty titles should help to concentrate my reading but there’s always a new title or two that flies in unannounced and throws the best laid plans a-glee.
Still, a new reading list is always exciting. See anything you might want to read along with me?
- How German Is It? — Walter Abish
- Hawksmoor — Peter Ackroyd
- The Japanese Lover — Isabel Allende
- Lionel Asbo: State of England — Martin Amis
- The Bridge on the Drina — Ivo Andric
- Le Depute d’Arcis— Honoré de Balzac
- Paradise — Donald Barthelme
- Tinkerbell On Walkabout — Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
- The Names — Don DeLillo
- Go Down, Moses — William Faulkner
- Growth of the Soil — Knut Hamsun
- The Flaming Corsage — William Kennedy
- Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age — Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
- The Return of Munchausen — Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
- Dodsworth — Sinclair Lewis
- The Magician — W. Somerset Maugham
- The Mise-en-Scène — Claude Ollier
- Doomed — Chuck Palahniuk
- Dendara — Yuya Sato
- Moshi-Moshi — Banana Yoshimoto