You hear it all the time: some people even consider not-reading to be a positive characteristic. Of course there are levels and varieties of not-reading: some business types would not be caught reading fiction (although I knew a powerful corporate officer that rejected all fiction … except the romantic bodice rippers he read secretly at night in bed; some social climbers only read (or professed to having read) the most mainstream best-sellers; some readers are overly restrictive, concentrating on a specific genre such as fantasy or science fiction; and there are those who refuse to read anything older than ten years.
This is going to be a catch up month with a limited number of big fat books that have been growing old in the back corner of my library. Luckily I now have digital verions of each of the titles so I cn put my squint back in the drawer and set my concentration level to maximum as I hope to plow through a couple thousand pages and read (or finish reading) so rather challenging books
First, there’s Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. This one isn’t really a challenge but it happens to be the book I was reading when time raan out in April so why stop? Note: I’m not in love with this book and my die of boredom before the month concludes.
The second title is the oldest must-read in my library. Since I have started Infinite Jest two times in the past only to relegate it to a doorstop par excellence, I hope I can pick up where I left off without too much disruption to the narrative … wait, this is David Foster Wallace … no problem.