Lately, I’ve found myself starting books (particularly nonfiction), and not finishing them before picking up the next. There are so many books out there, and I am struggling to decide which one to read now, and next, and next year!
Maybe, I thought, if I write on my blog what I’m going to read this week, and don’t pick up anything else, I’ll get things read. So, anyway, here is my reading journal, and plan, for this week.
I am still in the midst of my How to Read and Why Challenge, although anyone who is following along probably thinks I’ve given up: no, I haven’t. Because the first section of How to Read and Why is short stories, I’ve been adding other short story writers as I go so I can get a good variety and overview. I was going to wrap up short stories by the end of the year, but I feel there are so many I should read to get a good “short story” overview, so I’ll see how long it takes to continue reading as many short story writers as I can. For HTR&W, I’m currently reading Flannery O’Connor‘s Complete Short Stories and I love her writing! I’ve read most of these before, but I hadn’t remembered them.
I began listening to the LibriVox.org audio of some Edgar Allan Poe stories, in honor of Halloween (my least favorite holiday).
My husband and I will continue to read Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkein together, a little bit every night. It’s going to take forever at this rate, but it seems appropriate for Silmarillion. It is impossible to keep all the people and places separate anyway; when it’s been a few days since I read, I know I don’t remember everything and I enjoy the flow of the words more. I really am enjoying it, despite the fact that I have never read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings and I normally don’t read fantasy.
I have finally finished listening to the (never-ending) audiobook of Three Cups of Tea by David Oliver Relin. I’m trying to put together a balanced review, so it may be another week before I get it up. Let me just say for now that it wasn’t my cup of tea. If you haven’t read it yet, Jackets and Covers is giving away a copy; visit here before October 14.
I’m almost finished with The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I’m supposed to be following the program in this book for 12 weeks to help me develop my creativity. Personally, I am not loving this book (although I think it’s a good book and full of great ideas). I’m mostly skimming it at this point. I’ll post my review soon.
I’m halfway through Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Bushman, a biography that I’m really enjoying. As much as I like a great biography, I still can only read 50-100 pages a day, tops.
I started reading Children’s Literature by Seth Lerer weeks ago, and I keep returning to previous chapters and rereading portions. It’s a critical look of what children read throughout history, and why children read those things. I am really enjoying it, and I will probably continue going slowly so I can articulate, probably on Rebecca Reads, what I’m learning about children’s reading habits in the past and present.
The Discovers by Daniel Boorstin has been on my “Currently Reading” shelf for almost a year now. My husband and I were reading it together, alternating between fiction (currently Silmarillion) and nonfiction (this book). However, The Discoverers, which is a history of discovery, is apparently too boring to read at night because we tend to fall asleep. We lately have been reading fiction. Therefore, I think I’m going to officially finish reading The Discoverers by myself, as soon as I finish some of these other books.
Whew! That felt good to get that out. Now on to read!