As you may have noticed, I had a lot to say about Julius Caesar the other day. That is partly because I spent about five days reading it and commentary, and listening to it, and really immersing myself in it. I loved the experience, and I realized that that’s the experience I want with all my books.
But I don’t think I’m a one-book-at-a-time girl. I’ve been reading The Arabian Nights and no other book for the past five days, and I’m ready for something different. Maybe I’ll do five days rotation or something. All my current books are rather long, so taking breaks may be the way to do it.
Are you a one-book-at-a-time reader? Do you ever tire of a book that you are enjoying and want to switch to another book for a few days?
I’m curious how one-at-a-time readers stay so dedicated to the concept. I can’t do it.
My other problem is that, while I’d like to read The Forsyte Saga, which I own, my other two books will be due at the library. I hate it when libraries dictate what I have to read!
Do you change your reading schedule based on library due dates?
Tomorrow I will post my review for the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Treasury, and I just finished listening to 1984 (a love-hate book). Also, I finished the first book, A Man of Property, in the Galsworthy’s Forsyte Saga. (FYI: The Forsyte Saga is a compilation of the first three books in a nine-book series; therefore, there are two comparable books in the entire Forsyte Chronicles). I enjoyed Man of Property and I have lots of thoughts about it. I intend to write a post about it.
I’ve also made progress on Arabian Nights, and I’m really enjoying it. They remind me strongly of the fairy tales of the Brother’s Grimm, although, again, they certainly are not children’s stories!
I didn’t make any progress on Clash of Civilizations this week, and I’ve only made my “daily progress” on Uncle Tom’s Cabin. (I usually read more than one installment every day, but I haven’t been this week.)
I really enjoyed the time during which I concentrated on Julius Caesar, and I think I’m going to copy that concentration as I read and review my other books. I realize that my post was so long that most people probably lost interest, but I feel that most of the books I’ve been reading deserve that concentration, and I certainly learned more by writing up my thoughts so comprehensively.
Do you ever feel the pressure to read faster so you can blog about your books?
Even at the risk of losing readership, I’ve decided I’m not going to force myself to read faster. I should be doing this for myself anyway, right? I could lie to myself and say “I don’t care if anyone reads my blog,” but I know that’s not true. I appreciate each and every one of your comments. Thanks for reading or skimming, even when you don’t comment.
In the middle of these other books, I’m also going to read two other, shorter books: Chicago Poems by Carl Sandburg (which is for the “Local to you” Bookworms Carnival) and The Alchemist (which is for my in-real-life book club). I suspect that I should be able to read those fairly quickly, especially since I’ve been reading such dense books lately!
- The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy (360 read of 900 pages; fiction)
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (via Dailyreader.net, about 41% finished, estimated finish date of August 18)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (200 read of 750 pages; children’s fiction) currently on hold
Library Loot, Old
- The Arabian Nights translated by Husain Haddawy (100 read of 425 pages; fiction).
- The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington (100 read of 340 pages; nonfiction).
- Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts (audiobook, on disk 1 of 6; nonfiction). I realized after I began listening that is is “unabridged selections.” I have no idea how much of the original has been excised.
Library Loot, New
- Chicago Poems by Carl Sandburg (80 pages; poetry).
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo (208 pages; fiction).
- Robinson Crusoe adaptations: I currently have about ten adaptations and/or abridgements of Robinson Crusoe that I’m comparing.