If you’re wondering where I’ve been hiding the answer is: under a pile of books. A little over two months ago, I made it my mission to read all the unread books on my bookshelf before buying anymore. I started with 32 books. So how much progress have I made? See for yourself:
- I got rid of two books. Cleaving by Julie Powell and Retromania by Simon Reynolds. After reading the back covers/online reviews I decided I wasn’t that interested in reading them. (When you’re dealing with more than two dozen books, you don’t have time for ones that don’t catch your fancy.
- Which makes my new total 30.
- Since I started the challenge, I’ve ready five books. Here they are:
- I’m currently reading Hillary Clinton’s autobiography, Living History.
So now that the numbers are out of the way, let’s talk books.
I was surprised by how much I liked the two comic books I read. Miniature Sulk was so weird and trippy, but the drawings were great. I read Saga Of The Swamp Thing in one sitting, and it tweaked my interest in the genre. I’m gonna hit up Carol and John’s this week and see what other books catch my interest. (Thinking Batman or The Walking Dead. Suggestions?) (And it doesn’t count if I buy comic books. I just said I couldn’t buy books. That’s my theory, and I’m sticking to it.)
Jane Austen wasn’t nearly as exciting or popular as her books. Let me rephrase: I’m sure Ms. Austen had a quite nice life and was very content, but that’s just it: It was pretty normal. We’d like to believe she experienced great love and found her own Mr. Darcy, but in reality, she was just a single lady with an amazing talent.
I love Anna Quindlen, and I’ve read all her novels and several of her nonfiction books. Her memoir, Lots Of Candles, Plenty Of Cake offered insight into one of my favorite writers, along with her thoughts on marriage, friends, growing older and raising kids. I plan to revisit the book when I’m a bit older, and I have a feeling I’ll appreciate it even more then.
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time: If you like Room by Emma Donoghue, I suggest you read this book. It’s a quick read, and after you read it you’ll realize just how how powerful it is. It’s one of those books that just sneaks up on you.
I’ve got 25 more to go. So until my next update, happy reading.