I’m on the opposite of Reader’s Block now, where I’m starting lots of books and liking them, but going into overdrive. I love starting books, and can’t resist picking up more before I’ve finished the ones I’m on with. Although I have finished two or three books in the past week, I was getting the sense that things were getting out of hand, and gathered together all the books I hadn’t finished, but had read some of in the past few weeks. And it turns out there are eleven. I usually have 6-8 on the go, so this is definitely Too Many. Let’s have a quick overview, from the bottom…
The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith
This is a Shiny New Books review copy, but I’ve actually just given up (and will pass it on to someone else to see if they can do better). It was gorier than I’m happy with, but I actually gave up out of boredom, which really surprised me as I love the Harry Potter books. And they’re anything but boring.
The Liar in Your Life – Robert Feldman
I was hoping this would be in the Quirkology line of books, but it’s a bit less gripping… still, I’ll probably finish.
The Literary Conference – Cesar Aira
I took this to the literary conference I was at last week, as the idea amused me! Very short, so I’ll probably finish it soon.
One Writer’s Beginnings – Eudora Welty
I bought this in the Lake District and read half of it on the train on the way home, but was very tired and don’t remember much of it, so might need to start again.
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant – Anne Tyler
A book group book I didn’t quite finish for last month’s meeting, and have dipped into since – I need that final push! I didn’t love it was much as I’d hoped I’d love Anne Tyler. I found it just ok.
Red Sky at Morning – Margaret Kennedy
I’ll pick this up again for Margaret Kennedy Reading Week later in the year!
Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
Another book group book I didn’t finish on time… I can’t decide how I feel about this one. I love Lawrence’s writing, but I wish he had a sense of humour.
Crome Yellow – Aldous Huxley
Only started this yesterday, and going well so far!
Seeing Voices – Oliver Sacks
I do love some Sacks. Not been reading this one long.
Pigeon Pie – Nancy Mitford
I got chatting to another Mitford enthusiast at the conference, and it made me dig this out.
Among You Taking Notes – Naomi Mitchison
I always have letters/diaries on the go, and this is my current one!
Phew! Yes, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by them all. Do you read lots in one go, or one at a time?